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The Time I Bought A $2,000 Coffee Mug

Monday 26 November 2018


From Jamison Hill on his blog, Jamison Writes:


Jamison Hill
Jamison Hill

The Time I Bought a $2,000 Coffee Mug

By Jamison Hill
24 November 2018

After Afflicted came out on Netflix I was really disappointed about how people with chronic illnesses were depicted and treated by the production. The whole experience left me feeling angry at the wasted time and energy I put into the project, but even more, I was angry at the damage the show did to legitimizing ME/CFS, Lyme disease, and other illnesses. In many ways it felt counterproductive in terms of how the general population sees chronic illnesses. It also left me wanting to undo or somehow overshadow the damage that had been done. So I came up with an idea…

I regularly listen to a popular podcast called Armchair Expert. It’s hosted by Dax Shepard and Monica Padman and features celebrities like Kristen Bell (Dax’s wife), Ashton Kutcher, Ellen DeGeneres, and many more. At some point, as a joke, they started selling these “lefty” mugs on their online store for $2,000. The inflated price was meant to be a joke because left-handed mugs are rare and the ones they were selling were said to have been used by one of the celebrity guests.

So I was listening to the podcast one day and a woman bought one of the $2,000 mugs. Dax and Monica decided to donate the money to a charity of the woman’s choice. They called her up and had a nice chat, and she told them about a homeless shelter that could use the money. All of this was prefaced by Dax saying that maybe he’ll “make a thing” out of it and donate the money to other charities whenever someone buys a mug.

Naturally my mind went into advocacy mode. This could be a great opportunity to raise money and awareness for MECFS. There were two problems though: I didn’t have $2,000 to buy a mug and I couldn’t speak loud enough on the phone to tell Dax about MECFS. But I’m a problem solver so I started asking people to give me $2,000 (What? I didn’t say I was a realistic problem solver). Nobody had that kind of cash lying around, or at least not to buy a coffee mug (understandable … I guess).


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