“I’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.
Read more about Dr. Bateman’s tortoise and hare reflections, crazy socks and the meaning behind the haircut HERE
“With the persistence of a tortoise and the speed and stamina of a hare, Let’s Go!!”