We Are Visible is a documentary film about people all around the world living with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS).
You already knew this. What you maybe haven’t realized is that this is not only a film about EDS but also involves a filmmaker that has EDS herself.
My journey with chronic illness started in 2010 when I was 24 years old.
I suddenly developed severe neurological symptoms. For the following four years, I have seen many specialists in Germany, where I grew up and lived back then, and was misdiagnosed several times – mainly with mental illnesses.
In 2014, I decided to cross borders in search of the real reason for my symptoms.
I flew to the US and underwent some alternative treatments which failed. As a consequence, I was then sent to a neurosurgeon in Maryland who, by coincidence, was one of a few specialists for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Finally, I was diagnosed with EDS, and many comorbid conditions, for example, cervical spine instabilities, dysautonomia, mast cell activation besides others.
Since then my life has been defined by raising awareness and finding a new purpose in life.
I had to give up my job as a lab technician due to my disabilities and all of a sudden, many things that had been easy in the past, became a challenge. I found a new passion in writing and became a freelance writer and journalist. When I married my husband and moved to the US in 2016, I was introduced to many writers, filmmakers, and other creative minds, who motivated me to follow my dream.
I applied for a Master’s degree in the field of journalism.
Since 2018, I have been studying at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland, and, in fact, this was the only degree that could accommodate my needs.
We Are Visible is the final piece of the puzzle: my MA thesis. And without a doubt the most important project of my life.
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