• Patsy Desmond, in front of a north-side nursing home this summer

Six years ago the Reader‘s Tori Marlan told the story of Patsy Desmond, a popular Wicker Park photographer and artist who “drank hard, laughed hard, made friends easily.” A friend of Desmond’s told Marlan, “It was as if she was always about to burst—in a good way. You hung out with her and it was invigorating.”

Desmond was both self-destructive and remarkably resilient. Marlan recounted her struggles with bipolar disorder, paranoia, and bulimia. One morning in 2000 she drank drain cleaner that destroyed her stomach and esophagus.