A little while ago, I found out that comic artist Renae De Liz was recently admitted to the hospital. Renae is a great artist, and though I've worked with neither her nor her husband, Ray Dillon, the comic industry is a pretty small one...so I've got one degree of separation from either of them in about 12 different ways, Ray recently posted the following message on his blog:
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. 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. (I can't even think about the likely $30k or more in medical bills we're racking up here with no health insurance and we don't qualify for assistance...)
Renae has worked on a number of projects, but might be best known for IDW's "Womanthology" project, which has been a fairly resounding success.
If you head over to Ray's blog, you can find out where to send get-well-soon cards and how you can make a donation to help cover Renae's medical costs, if you so choose.
Best wishes to Renae for a speedy recovery. And, hey, America. If we needed other examples of why our current health care system is in dire need of reform...I'd like to present this. A hem.