This painting symbolizes the duality of living with a chronic condition. For an individual whose illness does not manifest in visible outward symptoms, the presence of the chronic condition remains obscured from others. The bottle of pills in the shadows highlights this dichotomy. The light shining from the window depicts the external appearance of normalcy these afflicted individuals may choose to display. The mirror above the chair reflects one such individual coming into the room, caught half in light and half in shadow, embodying the dichotomy between health and illness. Because the actual individual is imperceptible, viewers may realize that this painting is a reflection of themselves.