Sketching Life With A Rare Disease
Mindy Indy sits in her apartment, head bent over a large piece of sketch paper, carefully outlining a young boy’s glasses with her ink pen. She’s already penciled out the scene — two teens sitting on a porch, as the boy tries in earnest to explain the symptoms he experiences from familial dysautonomia, a Jewish genetic disease that affects the autonomic and sensory nervous system. His companion, a girl with a ponytail, doesn’t seem to quite get it, and Indy labors over his reaction, trying to make sure his gritted teeth looks equal parts frustrated and bemused.
It takes the Manhattan- based cartoonist a few hours to create the four panel sketch, “No Tears: Life With FD,” a comic exploring the daily life challenges of those afflicted with familial dysautonomia. Indy, who had no prior