What does the film try to accomplish?
In a word, credibility.
Because CFIDS is dismissed, relegated to hysterical women, passed off as depression, and not taught in medical schools, in most, if not all cases, the patient worsens dramatically.
This film is for parents, spouses, brothers, sisters, neighbors, employers, and physicians.
In the first person, from all walks of life, it shows CFIDS to be undeniably real.
When it's dismissed and misdiagnosed, lives and families are destroyed.
When it's accepted,
recovery programs can be be developed and healing can begin.
Let the Healing begin.
what it’s like to be so sick you cannot function.
Imagine there is no known pathology for your illness, only symptoms.
Imagine you are too weak to find your own voice... and because
you are silent and confused, your physician says “it’s
all in your head”.
Beacause your illness is invisible, you disappear.
INVISIBLE gives voice to a select group of Vermonters who are
gravely ill, and until now, have been out of sight. You will hear
first person accounts from your Vermont neighbors as they talk
about living their lives with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, CFIDS,
Fibromyalgia, or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, the disease with a
thousand names and no known cause or cure.
You will hear from a medical community where doors remain mostly
You will hear the devastating impact this illness wields, not
only for those who suffer the symptoms, but for those who are
left trying to understand what their loved ones are experiencing.
You will meet an invisible population beset with challenges that
exceed disease itself and with an undercurrent of direction, you
will see the future.
This is a film for millions of people around the globe, from your
Vermont neighbors around the corner... tenacious Vermont neighbors
who struggle against unimaginable odds to make their voices heard.
They are just like us... except they got sick.
And they are tired of being invisible.
17 coverage of May 12, 2008 in Burlington
the scholarship announcement,
a 22 minute sneak preview of the film
and a dramatic altercation with a conspiracy theorist that ended the meeting.
1 Hour 6 minutes.