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  • “I know what Lyme has done to you and how narrowly you have survived thus far.”

    I read an essay today that made me feel normal — and even slightly hopeful — for the first time in years (it’s been a really hard few years).

    It’s a little long, but beautifully written as an exercise by Lyme survivor Jennifer Crystal in the style of the great James Baldwin, so worth the extra few minutes. I found it powerful to read it aloud.

    If you are chronically ill with Tick Borne Illnesses or know someone who is, I’m putting this on your Must Read List:

    “Letter to a Lyme patient, written in the style of a famous essay by James Baldwin.”

    (From the lymedisease.org blog: Touched By Lyme.)

    Noah’s Blog

    My nephew has started a blog. He works hard to write each paragraph, which has inspired me to think about what I am doing here in my blog. So, like my nephew said in his most recent post, I will try my best to write here more often. Thank you Noah.

    For Marriage Equality

    My sister – often much more eloquent than I am – has created a beautiful post about the defeat of Prop 8 in California.

    This affects our entire family in that she and her partner were the second gay couple to marry in San Francisco when marriage to them became available in 2004. We are lucky in that our entire family celebrated then, and in a family wedding in Minnesota the following year.

    So now, our entire family grieves for the passage of this discriminatory law. Not just for my sister and her wife, but for all GBTL people who are denied the right and responsibility of creating a legal family together, anywhere.

    Having lived both ends of this issue, I can tell you being able to legally marry makes a very real difference.

    Read my sister’s post here.

    Love you, sweetie.

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