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Getting Race-Ready!

Hare_cary_tortoiseI’ve been a tortoise alongside my patients for 20 years, modeling patience and persistence. Now, while those who are ill must of necessity maintain turtle pace, it is time for researchers and clinicians to pick up the pace as hares, only this time the hare and the tortoise will rewrite the fable’s ending. The hares will carry the tortoises toward the finish line. The race is for ME/CFS biomarkers.”


After vowing to wear wild socks as a sign of solidarity, Dr. Bateman cuts off her long hair as an outward sign that she is ready to chart a new course and run the race toward ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia biomarkers. Dr. Bateman’s signature long hair has only been cut off twice in her life – first after college when she departed for 18 months in Southeast Asian refugee camps, and then after medical school graduation when she began internship and residency.

With a new year, new-found determination, and on a race for ME/CFS and FM biomarkers. she felt it was time again.

Before her long locks take the big chop!


Preparing Hair



Read more about Dr. Bateman’s tortoise and hare reflections, crazy socks and the meaning behind the haircut HERE

Tortoise & Hare Reflections

“With the persistence of a tortoise and the speed and stamina of a hareLet’s Go!!”



  1. Karey Shane on January 20, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Wow! This is a big deal. I’m jumping in on this. When Patrick gets home we are ordering me a bunch of colorful wool socks that I’ll wear until the Biomarker is found. I’d cut my hair too, but it’s already short! Rock those socks! And the haircut looks great!

  2. Tamera Gates on January 20, 2016 at 4:42 pm


  3. Krista on January 20, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    I really like the new style! Thanks for everything you do Dr. Bateman!

  4. Jenny Baunsgard on January 21, 2016 at 10:11 am

    You look years younger! What a cute new look that also conveys vitality, conviction, strength. MG! We are SO lucky to have you fighting for us!! Thank you! Thank you!

  5. Tonia Dattage on January 22, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Looooove It!

  6. Renee on January 30, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    I wonder if you really believe “all” of us when we say “Thank you” for the work you have done on our behalf and continue to do! I for one am so greatful to of found you so many years ago and for the care that you provided me during the time I lived in Utah. I miss you and your staff so much!
    Being a red head myself I have to say someone is going to be very lucky to receive those long beautiful locks!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you is just not enough but what I have to “offer” to one of the best there is! Looking forward to 2016 and what it will mean for all of us who suffer. I also want to wish you and your mom good, no I mean “GREAT” health throughout this year and for many years to come!
    Take good care,

  7. Zaher Nahle on January 30, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Love it!

  8. Jessica Lewis on January 31, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Dr. B, your hair looks fabulous! Thank you for all you’ve done for me to help alleviate my suffering — thank you is just not enough! I admire your intelligence, strength, conviction, determination and achievements in research and results for all of us. You have a beautiful heart