I read at a benefit for my beloved friend and colleague Frances Varian on Wednesday night. Many nights later, I'm still a little choked up about it. I was wanting this post to be smart, political, incisive -- but I've been staring at the screen for an hour, trying to make the words come together, and really, all I'm able to write about is the strange mix of rage and hope that I'm feeling.
Fran has late-stage Lyme Disease, a progressive, debilitating disease which can be fatal if it is not treated properly, and which infects 200,000 new people each year -- surpassing new HIV infection rates and surpassing cases of West Nile virus. Every new article I read about how patients with Lyme Disease are generally treated is turning my stomach -- how many people get the run-around from doctors, get told they must be faking it, get told it's not real, basically because of corporate greed and government cover-ups. The film Under Our Skin has some amazingly informative trailers up on the website. If you want more information about the history and politics of Lyme, please give it a look.
And if you've some cash to spare, even just $5-$10, please please please make a donation to Fran's Lyme-Fighting Army. Fran needs as much community support as possible right now. It's really important that we help each other in times like these.