How GET BETTER Began

I’m the obvious person to write GET BETTER.

For one thing, I’m getting a PhD. in sickness literature—also called narrative medicine or medical humanities—and hope to teach at a medical school when I graduate.

And for another. My dad got sick. My dad died.

That’s why I need to say—right here at the beginning—to make it clear to you and to me. This isn’t my story.

I mean, I’m writing it. But it isn’t my story. Traysie Amick, who plays the daughter, won’t be playing me. And Robert Linder, who plays the dad, isn’t playing my dad. Traysie and Robert’s characters are ten years older than my dad and I were when he got sick. Robert’s character will have heart disease; my dad had late stage Lyme disease (ed. this has changed, Roy has chronic Lyme). GET BETTER is, in part, a comedy. But I don’t ever laugh about my dad’s sickness.