And the syndrome even has its own website.
This is the first time I’ve ventured onto the internet labyrinth to see what news and materials are available for lay publics.
I typically dig into the data for doctors and researchers, figuring the information is a bit more reliable.
Turns out the bacteria that’s carving highways through my lung tissue warrants support groups, fundraisers and, to my delight, jewelry.
I found a website dedicated to NTM: an acronym new to my vocabulary that stands for non-tuberculosis mycobacteria.
One of its fundraising ideas is a bracelet—called a bravelet—that bears the inscription:
Bravelets bracelets are made to help you be brave during tough times. Wear it proudly for yourself or for a loved one. Thanks for supporting!
I’m hardly wasting away like an Oscar Wilde damsel: I’m biking, writing, researching, lecturing and taking my medicine.
And soon I’ll be wearing jewelry.
Here’s the NTM website: https://www.ntminfo.org/