"You're Not You" Movie On ALS Awareness
Over the last few months, we've heard so much about ALS or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis through the "Ice-Bucket-Challenge" which was more popularized via social media by Hollywood and local celebrities. They gamely took the challenge, videoed themselves, and nominated another person to do the challenge. This move was created to fund the research on this condition also known as the Gehrig's Disease. I also saw videos ordinary people who took on the challenge, who may not necessarily understand it, and who may think that it's just amusing to do it. The viral campaign was created because not very much is known about this condition which affects the nerve cells of the brain and the spinal cord.
So much has to be understood about this disease which I got to comprehend better after seeing the VIP Special Screening of "You're Not You".
Questions like: "What are the challenges, the physical/emotional/psychological changes, and the stages of deterioration that happens to a person who has ALS?" were answered clearly. I am happy to have watched it with Macky, even if at first he thought it was just another chick flick.
|Thank you so much Marcie (Love and Light Productions) for the invite! :)|
Oscar Award winner, Hillary Swank, played the role of an ALS patient named Kate. Her character vividly showed the transition from a healthy and successful classical pianist, to a helpless patient. Because of ALS, her motor skills and speech deteriorated, that she couldn't take care of herself at all. This disabling condition, made her and her husband Evan (Josh Duhamel) decided that she needed someone to look after her.
Here's a sneak peek into the movie:
More About ALS.
ALS is a neurodegenerative disorder with various causes, characterised by muscle spasticity, rapidly progressive weakness due to muscle wasting. This results in difficulty speaking, swallowing, and breathing. The disease usually starts around the age of 60 or it could be directly inherited when the usual age of onset is around 50. ALS is the most common of the five types of motor neuron disease. The average survival from onset to death is three to four years.
"You're Not You" is distributed and released in the Philippines by Octoarts Films International and will be shown in theaters starting November 26, 2014.