In this triptych, I reflect on the emotional and relational impact that chronic illness has on our lives. One common experience that plagues sufferers is the feeling that nothing changes or nothing happens – that an active life has turned into a “still life,” like a perpetually static season, scene, or state of being. We find ourselves outside the normal happenings of life and often don’t have the energy to be involved in the activities, work, travel, or relationships that bring us new opportunities, diverse experiences, or fresh perspectives. When we are out of step with others, we inevitably experience relational loss as a result. And depending on the nature of our illness, we are often and even necessarily alone. A sense of relational barrenness and emotional emptiness can ensue.