The Universal Relatable-ness of Illness: A look at In The Dark

During my extended birthday vacation, I was forced to turn to streaming and binge watching various series to keep myself from going stir crazy. I stumbled upon this gem, In the Dark. As far as genre preference, I’m a lover of comedies first and foremost, dramas second, then I’m evenly open to everything else with the exception of sci-fi. Sorry superheroes just don’t do it for me.  

I digress, In the Dark is a Netflix series featuring a young heroine, Murphy, who happens to be blind. There aren’t a whole lot of series featuring people with chronic illness so I was pleasantly surprised when I read the synopsis.

No spoilers here because I really want you to watch if you have time. While the title itself drew me in, Murphy’s personality kept me watchingA I watched the series, I realized her condition made her relatable to me and my life with chronic illness.

Life Changing Illness

Murphy went completely blind when she was 14 years old. Her life changed forever and there was nothing she could really do about it but adjust. I was diagnosed at 27. I always wonder if being healthy and then becoming ill is better than just being ill since childhood.

Lack of Trust

Murphy is tough and super-guarded. It’s not shown if she was that way prior to going blind but it’s quite apparent in her interactions with everyone. She only lets certain people help her (her best friend Jess and Tyson). When she’s not with them, she’s determined to do it own her own. 

Supportive Family

Murphy’s family opened a guide dog training center called Guiding Hope, as a result of their daughter’s illness. As much as Murphy pushes them away and acts out, her parents are there to support and uplift it. They only want the best for her, but respect her need to figure it out on her own.

Routines help her Live

One of the things that Murphy has is a routine. She’s a regular at all of her places and knows them by name. Routine keeps her safe and helps her function independently.

Accomplished greatness despite illness

Never in a million years would you think a blind woman would solve a murder but she did. Even without her vision, she accomplished greatness which is something every person with a chronic illness aspires to do (atleast I do).

My Inner Murphy

Even though Murphy is the heroine, she is not without her demons or dark side. At times, she can be very self consumed and focused to the point of recklessness. Those are traits, I know I’ve exhibited in the past. I never realized that all illnesses (despite origin, symptoms or prognosis) often leave their hosts with a special mark.

Have you seen In the Dark? What did you think about it? What other shows are you currently watching on Netflix, Hulu or otherwise?  

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Morgan Greene is a Maryland chronic illness and holistic wellness lifestyle blogger. After years of struggling with her autoimmune disease diagnosis, Myasthenia Gravis, she decided to combine two of her favorite things…writing and informing others was created to have unfiltered discussions about having a chronic illness. It has since become a place to inspire and create a sense of community among women with autoimmune diseases. Morgan loves trying new things and sharing with other spoonies how to live an ill life on their terms.

When she’s not blogging she is probably reading a book, drinking a Coke Slurpee or listening to music.

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