About #fightthestroke is a documentary that tells the story of a child who suffered a stroke at birth. Together with his parents, this boy wants to answer the question of what would happen if, instead of trying to fix something that is broken, we focused our attention on what already works? #fightthestroke is a project by: Familydan.org and Shoot4Change, Francesca, Mario and Roberto D’Angelo, Andrea Ruggeri – ARE YOU SERIES is a Milano Film Festival project, made thanks to the support of Banca Prossima. Find out more at www.areyouseries.com
When Gweneviere Mann lost her short-term memory, following surgery to remove a brain tumor, she was forced to navigate life in a new way. But she wasn’t alone. With the support of her boyfriend, Yasir Salem, Gweneviere found she could tackle the challenges her condition threw her way—and a few more.
Funding Provided by:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
National Endowment for the Arts
In partnership with POV.
Directed by: The Rauch Brothers
Art Direction: Bill Wray
Producers: Lizzie Jacobs & Mike Rauch
Animation: Tim Rauch
Audio Produced by: Jasmyn Belcher & Michael Garofalo
Label: The Kora Records
Publisher: House of Hassle
Breast Cancer Mastectomy
I am a woman thru and thru. I am not defined by the size of my breast. I am sexy with an A cup or a D cup. I am sexy even with only 1 breast. I feel beautiful, therefore I am beautiful. A womans beauty comes from within and not from what is on the outside. I am beautiful, see me shine, I still have one left behind, a woman I am until the end, even though I am not a ten, my beauty is here, it’s now within, I am a woman till the end. Poem by: Nancy Crowell
Laura’s Foot This morning I woke somewhere between 6:00 and 6:30 AM. I do not know the reason I woke. I had only been “asleep” for about five hours, maybe less. I went to “bed” at just about 11:30 PM. I cannot see in the mornings, so everything was a myriad of light and dark, without color. I cannot hear normal sounds in the morning. I only hear a combination of ocean roar, antique radio and television static and my own heartbeat as loud as Poe’s Telltale heart. I lay there on my bed staring up, as even rolling over to get out of bed can take ten [...] continue the story
Paintings by Heather Bolinder Crushing Spine
This was my very first pain painting. This is how my back feels, like two hammers are crushing down hard on it!
Pins and Needles
Many back pain patients get this feeling in their legs if they have a nerve/disc issues. Feels like the pins and needles are stabbing you all over your legs!
This painting was inspired by a chronic pain patient, that I have known for years, Bob. His stroke happened two years ago and he is still adjusting to his new life. The right side of his face feels like an empty space, is what Bob described to me.
A Painting where your legs feels extremely heavy, making it hard to move or walk. Many pain patients will tell you this is how their legs feels.
This painting was inspired by Ellen. She is a chronic pain suffer and was thrown from her pony. She use to be an avid hiker, but now feels the pain of nails going into her neck.
More by Heather Bolinder
In August of 2004, Jason Crigler, one of New York’s most sought-after guitarists, suffered an AVM brain hemorrhage while playing a show in Manhattan. He was rushed to the hospital where doctors told Jason’s family, “Even if he lives through the night, there won’t be much left of the man you know.”
Jason’s pregnant wife and the rest of his family refused to accept the dire prognosis. Convinced that Jason was “there,” his family mounted an intensive and intimate course of rehabilitation that would force Jason’s doctors to reconsider the factors that inspire recovery.
Jason and his sister Marjorie have developed a powerful multimedia presentation that explains how and why Jason recovered. Drawing on their unique, personal experience, they show how intense family involvement makes the difference in a positive recovery. While Marjorie speaks from the family’s point of view, Jason offers a survivor’s perspective on the challenges he faced.
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