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When Harvard Ph.D. student Jennifer Brea is struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden, she sets out on a virtual journey to document her story as she fights a disease that medicine forgot.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Brea ... Herself
Omar Wasow Omar Wasow ... Himself
Jessica l e Taylor Jessica l e Taylor ... Herself
Samuel Bearman Samuel Bearman ... Himself
Ruby Taylor Ruby Taylor ... Herself
Colin Taylor Colin Taylor ... Himself
Kate Taylor Kate Taylor ... Herself
Paul Cheney Paul Cheney ... Himself
Lee-Ray Denton Lee-Ray Denton ... Herself
Casie Jackson Casie Jackson ... Herself
Darwin Jackson Darwin Jackson ... Himself
Randy Denton Randy Denton ... Himself
Jessica Harden Jessica Harden ... Herself
Annabel Jackson Annabel Jackson ... Herself
Sawyer Jackson Sawyer Jackson ... Himself
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When Harvard PhD student Jennifer Brea is struck down at 28 by a fever that leaves her bedridden, doctors tell her it's "all in her head." Determined to live, she turns her camera on herself and her community, a hidden world of millions confined to their homes and bedrooms by ME, commonly called chronic fatigue syndrome.

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22 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Canary in a Coal Mine See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$10,607, 24 September 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,081, 12 October 2017
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Jennifer Brea: It's always tempting to look at the the past as something strange and distant. And to say "thank God we know better now"
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One Of The Severely Ill Films Herself At Her Worst To Document The Disease Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
5 October 2017 | by teeheeweeSee all my reviews

Jen Brea is one of the severely ill due to ME/CFS. She films herself, directs, interviews doctors and patients via Skype, and edits mostly from her bed in order to document the severity of her disease (and millions worldwide) and how she and her husband, her caretaker, now have to forge a different life than the one they had imagined for themselves.

Patients experience neurological issues with sound and light sensitivity and coordination, pain, POTS, cognition issues, and debilitating fatigue. Exertion whether physical or mental will bring on crashes where symptoms worsen. Doctors and researchers discuss the disease.


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