Here is my Seahorse Dude, that represents me. I created him December, 30th, 2015. It was my first time experimenting with digital art. I published him for the first time March, 5th, 2016. As you can read in more detail, in the “About Me” section of my website, I was born with many medical issues. So let me tell you how he came to be by breaking him down into his five parts: The Seahorse, the Zebra, the Rainbow Zebra Unicorn, and the Pegasus.
As many of you know, the seahorse father is the one to give birth. The male seahorses are equipped with a brood pouch on their ventral, or front-facing, side. When mating, the female deposits her eggs into his pouch, and the male fertilizes them internally. He carries the eggs in his pouch until they hatch, then releases fully formed, miniature seahorses into the water. If you have never witnessed this, here is a good video: Male seahorse giving birth at The Deep Hull. Here is my blog: I am a SEAHORSE Dad.
The Zebra has been known in the medical community as a patient with a rare disease, or condition. Here is what Wikipedia says about Zebra Medicine. Many people, like me, who have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and/or Mitochondrial Dysfunction/Disease, as a community, often describe ourselves as “The Zebras”. Many doctors have often been baffled at how to medically treat us. We are often missed, or misdiagnosed, due to doctors generalizing all people as “horses”. Needless to say, when you hear hoof beats, it sometimes can be a zebra, and a person of rare disease! Here are some messages that were created by people in our mitochondrial disease community, to demonstrate:
To even have more fun with this Zebra theme, the mitochondria, sorta look like a zebra too! As I mentioned in my introduction, I have mitochondrial dysfunction. This was discovered through muscle biopsy.
THE RAINBOW ZEBRA UNICORN
Some of us, like me, felt we were even more different; due to intersex traits, hormone issues, or due to other unique, or complicated, medical issues. So we have often described ourselves as the “RAINBOW ZEBRA UNICORN”, of the crowd!
Pegasus by Aomori on Deviant Art
To me the Pegasus represents my FREEDOM from gender norms. It represents my emancipation of my true self, and my true gender. Being able to take flight, and fly away from the expectations of society.
The Rainbow, in my Seahorse, also represents LGBTQIA+ PRIDE. Here is a fun blog that explains that about me: Poem: Here is the joke about being me; LGBTQIA+.
As you can see, these five things, came together to create my special seahorse:
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