My Mighty Mitochondria

My Mighty Mitochondria | All rights reserved © Copyright 2016 | [Image Description: Original artwork by Dawn Marie Meeks. Pencil drawing with digital editing effects. Depicted is a 3D-like circular pine cone tower and the center of the drawing. Connected to the left-hand base of the tower is the letter M with three wheels. There are many tendrils shooting off in different directions, some uniform and some not. Atop the structure is a barrier wall with eight circular structures floating above. The photo posses a red hue with the penciled portions appearing to glow. The dark top portion contrasts with the bottom half's eerie glow. #digitallyedited #art #mitochondrialdisease #stomachvsheart #disabledartists #galaxyjournal #abstractart #artists #artwork #creativerepresentation #creative #drawing #myart #onlineart #onlineartgallery #pencil #sketch #sketchbook

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This photo is inspired by my constant endeavor to understand the pathophysiological mechanisms behind my battle with a rarely diagnosed connective tissue disease known as Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

At the cellular level of many chronic illnesses, studies are making connections between the mitochondrial abnormalities and certain chronic processes, such as EDS but potentially Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME, fibromyalgia, and many others.  Mitochondria is considered the power plant of the tiny little universe within just one cell of the human body. It manufacturers incoming nutrients for utilization in maintaining not only the cells integrity but also the cellular function.

The mitochondria is a tiny power plant in each and every cell of the human body. The tiny little universe within manufacturers incoming nutrients for energy to carry out all the complex process inherent to each individual group of cells. The cell will only be as good as the quality of energy made available by the mitochondria.

My artistic depiction of My Mighty Mitochondria is not meant to represent the actual structural illustrations of the cellular powerhouse but rather it’s my perception of the situation within my own cells.
While weak and vulnerable at times, a greater energy is at work, sustaining my existence, still. Adaptation is the greatest human defense mechanisms afforded in the mass chaos of life.  This acclimation allows my mitochondria to turn out defective Adenosine triphosphate, which plasters the infrastructure of my cells with cheap, poorly made cellular components, yet allows me the experience of life even so. As mitosis continues, the butterfly effect of faulty cells hastens a lifetime of decline in merely a few short, still incredibly trying years.


The story of my mighty mitochondria is one of how to make lemonade when life gives you lemons. It is wrought with heartache and blunder but it is also brimming with love, joy, and peaceful incite as I reflect on the years past and look forward to the years ahead. As the New Year is upon us, I look forward to new experiences and growing further as an artist, blogger, and human being.

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