Article by Max Early OREGON LEAF SEP 2021.
My mission at Chronic2wear is to create joy and humor to combat suffering this is what I care about above anything else.
Born and raised in Pullman, Washington. Nic Turinski was diagnosed with Lyme Disease roughly ten years ago. At one point his health got so bad where he was bedridden for two years and came close to death. He saved himself by never giving up and using his mind to talk to his body to perform everyday activities. Overall, this allowed him to avoid complete atrophy and work on his passion for spreading joy and humor through unique Cannabis cartoon apparel. "The power of our mind and spirit is the biggest tool we have against fighting disease." sys Turinski.
HOW DID YOU GET YOUR COMPANY CHRONIC2WEAR STARTED?
I originally drew the chronic2wear characters when my mom was locked up in a mental hospital. This was my way of channeling negativity into positive actions of creating joy and humor for myself and others. I officially launched Chronic2wear in 2004, when I was attending Oregon State University. I sold my first 200 shirts, but then was robbed while selling cannabis. I was pretty discouraged and stopped selling the shirts. When I became disabled with Lyme disease about ten years ago-that's when I picked up my passion for Chronic2wear, to have a purpose outside of Lyme Disease.
WHAT NEW PERSPECTIVES HAVE YOU GAINED FROM YOUR ILLNESS? HOW DO YOU CHANNEL THOSE NEWFOUND GIFTS INTO YOUR BUSINESS?
My illness gave me a deathbed perspective in my 30's that I could apply to the rest of my life. I realized we have to channel negative energy into positive actions, or it will consume us. Adversities are an opportunity to gain skills and knowledge, to become the best version of ourselves. I know highly value the joy of little things like taking a shower, fresh air, sunshine, and spending time with family and friends. If we are not grateful for our current moment, then things will get worse because we are not present for our current blessings and we compound issues by making mistakes. The essence and most powerful part of a human being is our mind, spirit, and soul not our body. My disease taught me that there can't be joy without suffering, and if we don't quit when we're up against severe suffering, we will lead a very joyous life. Through my disease I realized that one of the most important tools to combat suffering is joy and humor. My mission at Chronic2wear is to create joy and humor to combat suffering this is what I care about above anything else.