Joe Barrett Interview- An Honest and Engaging Dialogue on Disability

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Joe Barrett worked in the film industry in Los Angeles in several positions, including Production Design, Camera Operator, and Director. Active and involved in multiple artistic projects, In 2013 he was diagnosed with a debilitating neurologic condition and now is living with MS. In spite of the challenges, Joe worked on his recovery and turned to photography and video.

With a lot of hard work and perseverance he began shooting videos for local musicians and bands. Through his work, he ...

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The Power of Faith and Music

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When I was fifteen, my life as I knew it took a very sharp turn. I began to have pain in my chest, which, over the course of two years, spread to every part of my body, a surge of burning, throbbing, numbing, overwhelming pain that would not relent. My parents took me to every doctor imaginable searching for answers, but there were none to be found. Many times, they, the doctors, made the problem even worse with their poking ...

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Doc Jacobs Interview

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War Veteran and amputee personifies ability through his love of baseball and life.

He is a beacon for us all.

Doc Jacobs was once an aspiring professional baseball player. After he was honorably discharged from the US Navy he was granted a tryout with a local professional team.

Although Doc didn’t get signed, he trained and continued to get tryouts and some looks from other professional teams. He is now taking his passion to help others to a new level.

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Artist has deeper connection with her art after losing her eyesight

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Video embedded above is from Two Blind Brothers

Emilie Gossiaux lost her sight after a bike accident, but that didn’t stop her from painting and sculpting. Emilie says that she is now able to connect with art on a deeper level and think about her craft in a different way than before. Talk about a change in perspective. Watch the video above!

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In Death, We Find Life

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In 1941, I was a 14 year-old girl stripped away from my home in Poland. My family and I were placed in a ghetto. A year later, the ghetto was liquidated and the Nazis sent us to Koszedary labor camp. I recall at one point that the Germans came with dogs and loudspeakers. Men, women, and children were brutally separated. The mothers were forced to put their children in a group. Everyone was told not to move or they would ...

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My Beautiful Broken Brain

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The Emmy nominated “My Beautiful Broken Brain” (Exec Producer, David Lynch) is a profoundly personal voyage into the complexity, fragility and wonder of the human brain, after Lotje Sodderland miraculously survives a hemorrhagic stroke and finds herself starting again in an alien world, bereft of language and logic.

This feature documentary takes us on a genre-twisting tale that is by turns excruciating and exquisite – from the devastating consequences of a first-time neurological experiment, through to the extraordinary revelations of her ...

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My Brain on Blood

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My brain was bleeding.  I sat at a friend’s kitchen table, right cheek against the cold wood, images of the most recent space shuttle disaster flickering across the T.V.  I couldn’t feel my left arm.  I was dizzy and weak and the room was getting darker.

My shirt was wet.

I thought “my brain is hemorrhaging and I’m about to die”.

My life didn’t flash before my eyes.  I thought instead of my death at such a young age, forty-three, and what I ...

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A Light in the Darkness – New video by Aoede

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I CREATE TO HEAL
I’m Lisa Sniderman, and similar to many of us living with chronic illness, for 10 years I’ve been living and dealing with the challenges of managing a rare progressive muscle weakness autoimmune disease, dermatomyositis (DM) that if untreated attacks and weakens my immune system and muscles, trying to find the right combination of treatments, drugs, and therapies. The worst of it was a flare-up in 2010, when I was hospitalized for nearly a month with complete ...

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Aging, Chronic Pain and the Embrace of Life: A Lesson for us all

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My name is Stanley Rafal. I am 86 years old and married 66 years, with numerous pain problems.
As I look back at my 66 years of married life, I now realize when we were young, how robust and healthy we were.  Maybe it is because I have time to think about things now, so I worry. When we are young you are so busy you don’t even have time to think about it. You have in your mind more ...

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