I usually think about what I’ve lost from being chronically ill, which is pretty much everything. But it turns out I have also acquired many odd new talents.
Here are a few, in honor of Lyme Awareness Month, MCS Awareness Month, Allergy Awareness Month, ME Awareness Month, Celiac Disease Awareness Month, and other spoonie-type awareness months that unfortunately all take place in May (a bit exhausting, maybe?).
But the most important skill I gained was dealing with Lyme-related “alternative facts.” Lymies have been hearing alternative facts about our disease from the CDC and the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) since the late 20th century.
*Yes, I know Kellyanne Conway is not responsible for Lyme-related alternative facts, which are the fault of the CDC and IDSA. I did draw her as a Lyme spirochete, but she looks lovely in green, no?
Avoid Lyme Alternative Facts!
I was excited to be able to do a lot of illustrations for this post, and I’m hoping my arm holds out. I’m doing a non-steroidal treatment called prolotherapy that’s great for tendons and ligaments. It isn’t a cure, but it helps. If you want a fellow patient’s perspective, send me a message in my Contact/Disclaimer form. Eventually I’m going to blog about it, sometime after I get through my 30-odd draft posts.
Also, a few months back I participated in a contest to design Lyme Warrior string dolls. The dolls are made by Kamibashi Asian Art and part of the purchase price goes to LymeCares, a great charity that raises Lyme awareness among socially responsible businesses. LymeCares uses products these businesses donate to create lovely, therapeutic gift packages for Lyme patients in need.
I just got the female doll–it is very cute and tiny!
You can see the male doll (it has a tiny green hat!) and the dolls they have for other diseases here.
I wish everyone a happy pre-awareness month!