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French Connection Films and Codex Now
proudly presents Coping With Chronic Illness, a new comprehensive DVD which includes insights from experts and authors - some suffering from life-threatening chronic illnesses themselves - and the stories of patients who have managed to live - even happily - with a chronic disease.

The DVD features the 52-minute documentary Living & Breathing where we witness how three women from three different countries (US, UK, France) cope with one such disease: Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (or LAM for short). The difficulties, uncertainties, and isolation derived from living with this disease are relieved by the measures of joy that are still to be found in life - even under these circumstances. Against all expectations, the disease becomes a great battle that leads these women to reinvent themselves and their lives with greater meaning than ever before. They teach us profound lessons about what is important in our own lives, how we face imminent mortality, and whether happiness is still possible despite being afflicted with such an illness.
The first-ever documentary on LAM features:
? AMY FARBER, founder of The LAM Treatment Alliance
? HAVI CAREL, author of Illness: The Art of Living
? CORINE DURAND, LAMbassador of Association FLAM
? and members of The LAM Foundation?s scientific board

This special edition DVD also includes:

The ways of coping with chronic illness draw from the contributions of experts including:
Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and author of Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief
Dr. Herbert Benson, Harvard Medical School teacher, researcher, practitioner, and author of The Relaxation Response
Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, UC professor, researcher, and publisher of the definitive summary of the science of happiness
Dr. Julian Seifter, diabetes patient, Harvard nephrologist, and writer on the subject of transformation through illness
Dr. Stewart Fleishman, psychiatry professor and practitioner of support services for cancer patients
Dr. Nicholas Christakis, practitioner and Harvard professor of hospice medicine


Julian's Story
"that was an invisible disease, it was in me"

..."I?ve had diabetes myself for about thirty years and ?that was an invisible disease, it was in me, I had to worry about it, I had to worry about what my blood sugar was, what I?d eaten. I had a lot of inner feelings about it, but it wasn?t something that anybody could notice or pick me out of a crowd. [So Dr. Seifert kept his illness a secret.]".. Read More
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