Jennifer Brea, a Harvard PhD student, was signing a check at a restaurant when she found she could not write her own name. Months before her wedding, she became progressively more ill, losing the ability even to sit in a wheelchair. Doctors insisted that her condition was psychosomatic rather than real.
As she dug deeper, Jennifer found she had become a part of a hidden world of millions suffering from an illness for which there is evidence dating back to at least the 1930s. The disease, myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.), was re-branded in the 1980s by the CDC as ‘Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.’ However, since the disease is not taught in medical schools, doctors don’t know how to recognize it, effectively denying healthcare to a million Americans.
In her documentary, “Canary in a Coal Mine,” Jennifer documents her own story and the stories others who struggle to find their own way to fight, accept, and sometimes, even thrive in spite of ‘an illness that has no end.’
When we, at ChicRebellion.TV, saw a post for “Canary in a Coal Mine” on Facebook from Jennifer’s husband, Omar, we knew we had to support. Not only because of her story and those of others managing M.E.; but also because of her sheer determination and will that is allowing her to personally conduct interviews for the film and raise awareness. In the clip above, Jennifer explains how, as a director with M.E., she is ensuring that this story, hers and others, is told. She is obviously well beyond “tired,” exhausted even. But what she shows us she is, more importantly, is FEARLESS.
Jennifer. IS. Chic Rebellion.
FOR THIS, WE HONOR HER, WE SUPPORT HER, AND WE SUPPORT “CANARY IN A COAL MINE!” WE HOPE YOU WILL SUPPORT, TOO, BY CONTRIBUTING TO HER KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN FOR THE FILM.
PLEASE SUPPORT “CANARY IN A COAL MINE” ON KICKSTARTER: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/959776320/canary-in-a-coal-mine
And if you have a chronic illness, please share your story here: http://canaryfilm.tumblr.com/