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Megan FarrellPatient Advocate

Megan Farrell is a designer, illustrator and lupus patient living and working in Los Angeles. Since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2016, she has worked as a graphic and interaction designer, and patient advocate with non- profits and healthcare organizations including the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and Stanford Medicine X.

During her sophomore year of college, Megan went from being a full-time student to being a full-time patient. She and her doctors encountered more questions than answers, as data points and test results failed to explain why her body was repeatedly failing. Megan started to use visualization to communicate the severity of her symptoms, the timeline of her illness, and the evolution of her disease. She began to understand how illustration and design thinking can fill gaps in scientific language--bridging communication and building understanding between healthcare providers and patients.

Megan strives to use design methodologies and visual communication to make healthcare and public health services more accessible, relatable and effective for all parties (especially patients). As a patient advocate, she is specifically interested in using visualization to help patients with complex health histories, who do not fit neatly into a single diagnosis, visually tell their stories both to members of their healthcare team and those outside healthcare.

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