Bard Graduate Allie Cashel ’13 to Read from Her Memoir on Chronic Lyme Disease at Bard College on Monday, September 28
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— On Monday, September 28, Bard College alumna Allie Cashel ’13 will read from a memoir of her experience with chronic Lyme disease, Suffering the Silence: Chronic Lyme Disease in an Age of Denial. The reading is presented by the Written Arts and Biology Programs. A living portrait of chronic Lyme disease and its patients’ struggles for recognition and treatment, Suffering the Silence, originally Allie Cashel’s Senior Project, is now a full-length memoir that details Cashel’s own experience with chronic Lyme and shares the stories of a number of other patients from around the world. Introduced by Mary Caponegro ’78, Bard literature professor, and followed by a Q&A, this event takes place at 7:30 p.m. in Weis Cinema in the Bertelsmann Campus Center. It is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required. Copies of Suffering the Silence will be available for sale and signing from Oblong Books & Music.
Born in London and raised in Westchester County, New York, Cashel was diagnosed with Lyme at age seven. Now a passionate advocate for increased awareness and reformed treatment of chronic Lyme, she is the founder of sufferingthesilence.com, an online community for people living with chronic illness, and a member of the Jr. Board of the Tick Borne Disease Alliance.
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