My first commission! Well, sort of commission. This piece was conceived, designed, and modeled by Pete, a young Lymie from North Carolina, whose life and career have been put on hold while he battles this mean disease.
Quite one thing for me, in my lucky life, in late middle age, to be battling this disease. But when it takes young people out of society and pins them down in their beds when they should be at their energetic height…. Oh it makes me mad.
Because this Harvard-grad, soccer-playing, management consultant’s Lyme was treated once, and he recovered once, then relapsed, his case fits into the highly contested “Chronic Lyme” stage. That’s the big black crack in the earth that swallows up lives and livlihoods and futures.
So his battle to pay for his therapy costs him what little energy he might have left to have a life. His life is lived in his little bedroom, with a big black cloud over his head. There’s no getting up with the mountain of medicine and debt on his back.
Well, I think Pete will get up, eventually, and I can’t wait to draw that cartoon.
If you’d like to help Pete fight his lyme, you can find him on Facebook.
And if you’d like to help everyone fight it, then put some money into research, will you? Follow the Donate link above to send money to the Columbia University Tick-borne research group?