For the Newly Diagnosed
Produced by: Geyer/Lindenmuth Productions
Format: VHS and DVD
Time: 60 minutes
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This video focuses on several people newly diagnosed with MS who have no visible signs of the disease. This video will be of most value to those newly diagnosed by showing them that they might live with MS, but they can also have a career, a family, and, most important, a valuable life.
by Audrey Geyer and Kevin Lindenmuth
A well-thought-out documentary from beginning to end, “But You Look So Well …” focuses on several people newly diagnosed with MS—people who have no visible sign of the disease. Although the title sounds like a popular Society brochure (But You Look So Good)—not to mention many Society-affiliated self-help groups across the country—it was made by independent producers.
Much like myself when I was diagnosed, everyone in the video mentioned Richard Pryor and Annette Funicello as the only familiar faces they could visualize when they learned they were facing a life with MS. Each person assumed that he or she would inevitably become paralyzed. But not too long afterward, we see each person begin to educate him or herself about the disease and available treatments.
This video will be of most value to those newly diagnosed. It will calm their fears, showing them that they might live with MS, but they can also have a career, a family, and, most important, a valuable life.
There were many moments when these people articulated things I would have said: one shoe is always more tattered than the other. Like me, they are constantly tired and they are reminded daily by some annoyance or another that they do in fact have a disease. That's something many people can't understand. We “look so well,” but we do not always feel well.
The ending of the video hit home with me, because my own life has also changed for the better since I started taking time to notice little things in the world. Before MS, I was too busy to see them.