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"But You Look So Well..." Living with MS - Video
An Audrey Geyer / Kevin Lindenmuth Production
Running Time: 60 minutes
Tel: 1 (800) 225-7796
Price: US$25.00 for home video users and US$40.00 for organizations/institutions (includes shipping and handling)
Posted: 05/13/2004

Editorial Review
This often overlooked and misunderstood illness is in fact the most   common serious neurological disease of young adults. Multiple Sclerosis is more   prevalent amongst women, and more and more research has pointed to the strong   hereditary nature of the illness. When the average person thinks about Multiple   Sclerosis, they either think about Jerry"s Kids or Annette Funicello. That is,   if they have any association to the illness at all. MS has nothing to do with   Muscular Dystrophy and only one third of those diagnosed require a wheelchair   for mobility over time.
  It is the other two thirds of the MS population that this documentary will focus   upon. Those people who "look so well" to the outside world yet suffer from such   invisible physical symptoms as numbness, tingling and pain in their limbs, fatigue,   headaches, as well as vision and cognitive problems. The psychological ramifications   and challenges are immense. MS is an illness of loss. It is most often characterized   by unanticipated periods of exacerbation/ attack and remission. Among other   things, those diagnosed have to learn to live within a world of unknowns and   unpredictable changes in functioning and self-definition throughout their lifetime.   Peoples perceptions of them as looking well further adds to the emotional complexity   of dealing with the illness.
  Four diverse individuals living and striving to cope on a daily basis with this   difficult illness were filmed in April-August of 2001 in the Detroit Metro area,   with over forty hours of shot footage. Interviews/footage was also shot of family   members and medical professionals.
  The purpose is for viewers to come to an empathic understanding of the emotional,   relational and concrete challenges facing people who "look so well" yet have   a life altering diagnosis of MS. Also, the goal is to help people begin to confront   their own fears about the illness and towards human vulnerability in general.  
  Ordering Information
  Price: US$40.00 (includes shipping and handling)
  Check or money orders should be made out to GL Productions and mailed to

Audrey Geyer
GL Productions
  7900 State Street
  Brigton, MI48116

About the Filmmakers:
  Kevin Lindenmuth has worked in the video production field   for 20 years. He received his BA in film/video production from the University   of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Most of his professional life was spent working in   New York City in all the major aspects of video production -- such as producing,   directing, editing and camera work.
  During the past 10 years, he has worked with his wife Audrey Geyer,   on producing video documentaries, through their company GL Productions, with   a special emphasis on health-related programming. Their first healthcare documentary   was a one-hour program on cancer caregivers entitled, "Caring for the Caregivers".   It received wide spread distribution in the educational markets by Films for   the Humanities.
  Their most recent health-related program was on Multiple Sclerosis and was entitled.   But You Look So Well...". It was a one-hour program released in 2002. This   documentary was broadcast, with underwriter support from two major pharmaceutical   companies (Teva and Biogen), on all the major Michigan PBS stations. In addition,   the program was broadcast nationally by NETA to the PBS system in February of   2003, with much success. It continues to be broadcast on PBS stations throughout   the country to this day.

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