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Womanthology organizer Renae De Liz hospitalized

Renae De Liz

Renae De Liz, the artist who spearheaded the Womanthology project and drew IDW’s recent The Last Unicorn comic, is recovering in a critical care unit due to an infection in her blood and kidneys, as well as other health issues.

“She has an infection that has spread into her blood and kidneys, as well as pneumonia and some other things we’re worried about, but I don’t want to say anything there until test results are back,” her husband Ray Dillon posted on his blog today. “As of today she’s doing a bit better and we’re told after perhaps a week in the Critical Care Unit she should be mostly recovered. It got really bad and we almost lost her. Been a very rough couple of weeks. We’re behind in work, income, communication, and our nerves are just shot from all this.”

Dillon notes De Liz does not have health insurance, and he has been asked by friends and fans if they can donate money to assist with the “likely $30k or more in medical bills we’re racking up here.” He adds that “right now we don’t have any dire need and there are a lot of people out there who probably do,” comparing their current situation to one where they lost their house a couple of years ago. “We might be paying these medical bills forever, but it’s not the same as needing to raise a certain amount by a certain time to save a house or to have a major operation to save a life or anything like that,” he said.

If you’re inclined to help, he has a donate button set up on his site where you can do so through PayPal. It would also likely help if you bought something from his Amazon store, where you can find several of the projects he (and De Liz) worked on.



Here’s what else fans [within America at any rate] could do:

Support universal health care coverage. In one of the richest countries on Earth, it’s idiotic that this happens, that we have a system which discourages people from trying to go out on their own in pursuing a living even though that’s what nearly everyone agrees needs to be a big part of adapting to tomorrow’s economy.

In November, we’re going to have an election contest between a party which has gotten its own kidneys kicked in as thanks for finding some way by which we could get people insured and, where needed, help them pay for it without having to completely blow up the nightmarish interlocking mess of the current system… and another party which is so psychotically opposed to the idea of government ever doing anything constructive that they have forced a pioneer of the exact same approach to the problem to publicly recant his “heresy” and fall into line with their “tear it down” platform.

If you want to see more blog posts like the above, by all means vote for the latter or simply stay home. If you want people to be able to take a chance and create things without such a colossal penalty for getting sick, please support and vote for the former.

This definitely sucks. I was just talking about how much I wished she was working on the new Amethyst project because of a) how talented she is and b) how enthusiastic she seemed about the character.

I’ll definitely donate.

@Wraith I’m for universal, single-payer health care. For the past thirteen years, I have given money and time to candidates who would fight to solve this problem with the only known solution.

The problem is the leaders of Republican and Democratic parties.

We can all observe that Republicans are against robust health care reform.

So let’s consider how the Democrats act on this issue. For generations they have chosen to not put it to a vote. Even when they have majorities in the House and the Senate. Henry Waxman, an architect of the Affordable Care Act, has for decades advocated for universal, single-payer health care. But in order to move up to a leadership position in the House, he had to drop his support for universal, single-payer health care starting in 2006.
The President’s health reform committee claimed that “everything is on the table.” But universal, single-payer health care was not on the table. The President’s administration refuses to rationally answer, why was this allowed. (They claim that universal, single-payer health care is not bipartisan, but the claimed bi-partisan reform only earned one Republican vote in the Senate and that was with hundreds of millions of dollars in favors to his state.)

For anyone who does not understand the issue, the 2010 health care reform forces consumers to choose among a few expensive insurance companies in the future. It does not force health care costs to be controlled like all other developed market-based countries do. It also does not guarantee availability of care. (Finding a hospital in poor American neighborhoods is very difficult because it is typically a losing investment to operate such a hospital. According to non-partisan international standards, many American inner cities hospitals are worst than third world hospitals. Typically, they have no bandages, vaccines, etc. The American middle class typically sees these inner city citizens as criminals or as lost cases, and so does not care what happens to them.) The reform does support the costs of the duplicative red-tape costs that account for a fourth of all health care bills!
A bad reform is a bad reform. But about 30% will vote to support it. Another 30% will vote to destroy it. And the remaining 40% will not vote or vote for various third parties that are considered spoilers/losers/lunatics.

Definitely an appropriate time for political grandstanding.

Hopefully she pulls through this okay.

It sounds like you’re the one who’s grandstanding. If this isn’t an appropriate time to discuss a relevant issue, then I don’t know what is. Cram your faux outrage. Others have added to the discussion, while you haven’t.

The fact that Renae is in the hospital in critical condition, and there is even a concern for a $50,000 bill (last count that I’ve seen on FB), tells us that this IS the right time to discuss this. A person that is sick shouldn’t have to worry about financial ruin. It makes me wonder how long she waited before finally going to the hospital, until it got really bad. It’s the same for close to 50 million Americans. Should I go to the hospital and take on the debt that will ruin my family, or do I risk death by waiting it out? A terrible decision to have to make.

I wish Renae and her family the best. I know what getting dealt a bad card (health-wise and financially) is like. Unfortunately, the best I can do is not vote for the party that refuses to consider any health care reform at all, and vote for the one that does.

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