Being patient

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Photograph showing five vertical slices from four different portraits.
Sinéad Gleeson, Rianna Walcott, dog walker, Natasha Lipman and Jamie Hale, Camilla Greenwell. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What is it like to be a patient? How does illness affect identity and the treatment you receive? Five writers share their personal insights, and the small acts of control that can make a big difference when illness strikes.