Emily watched in silence and shame as her dad struggled with Chronic Lyme Disease for over ten years. After his death in 2007, she began to question: What makes some diseases more culturally visible, and more culturally acceptable, than others?
In her talk, she explains that not all diseases are created equal and how narrative medicine can help right these inequalities.
GET BETTER is a handmade feature film about a week in the life of Ellie and Roy Alexander—daughter and chronically ill father.
“I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable.” - Joseph Addison
GET BETTER was written and directed by personal filmmakers, Chris and Emily White. It was made entirely with cash and in-kind contributions from friends and family.
GET BETTER stars Marisa Viola as "Ellie," Robert Linder as "Roy," Monica Wyche as "Stu," Chris White as "Mike," and Lise Anzelone as "Jane." Cinematography by Alan Ray. Edited by Jeter Rhodes.
In the 1970s, a mysterious and deadly illness began infecting children in a small town in Connecticut. Today it's a global epidemic. A real-life thriller, this Academy Award semifinalist exposes the controversy surrounding the growing and hidden epidemic of Lyme disease.
Allergies, according to the Mayo Clinic, are your body's reaction to something it perceives as foreign, such as pollen, pet dander or medication. In response to the perceived threat, your body releases histamines, which cause a chain of events that are meant to stop the foreign invader from causing harm. Unfortunately, minor allergies can cause chronic histamine release, leading to a runny nose, sneezing, itching, coughing, and headaches. Certain allergens, like dust and pollen, generally can't be avoided, but you can use natural substances like garlic to decrease or stop reacting in a way that makes you ill.
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