Online premiere of new Lyme film Wednesday, October 20
October 17 update: The premiere originally scheduled for October 20 has been postponed. According to Rhisa Marie Perera, she did not anticipate so much attention, both locally, and worldwide. She has been advised to push back the date to pursue further options for distribution. When the new date is chosen, we’ll let you know about it.
From Rhisa Marie Parera, Lyme patient and filmmaker:
At 17, I collapsed on my senior trip in high school and spent months in and out of doctors’ offices. After a brief period of respite, I was 19 years old when the intense migraines and constant dizzy spells began. Then, in my early to mid-twenties, constant joint and muscle pain.
Add all of this to a part-time job and full college workload, and I felt like I was running on fumes. I couldn’t believe this was my life. By the time I was 29, I could barely function. After seeing dozens of doctors in my twenties, I was finally diagnosed with Lyme disease.
There were absolutely no answers or help from medical professionals. I had to figure it out on my own to start healing. As a kid, all I ever wanted to do was write stories. I dreamed of writing for a television show, movies, Broadway, anything! I ended up thinking, Why not write down my own story? Six months into the COVID-19 quarantine, I started writing and knocked out a few drafts….
Those drafts turned into a film called YOUR LABS ARE NORMAL. Its online premiere will be October 20. Viewing it will be freely available to anybody. The link to the film will be posted on Rhisa’s Facebook page on Wednesday.
Click below to watch a trailer of film:
Previous blog by Rhisa:
- https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2016/03/13/3818/ Student Lyme Documentary