You’re Not You: A Movie About Friendship and ALS
Got the chance to watch the Philippine advanced screening of You’re Not You movie with my wife and some blogger friends last Tuesday at SM Cinema. The story is simple but dramatic and touching that made my ‘dates’ that night, cried a lot! I was touched too, seeing an audacious, total stranger-caregiver, became real caring for her boss that made them best friends. This a better medium to raise awareness about ALS than the iced water bucket challenge.
It will be shown starting November 26 in theaters and will be released thru Octoarts Films. You won’t regret watching this movie.
Kate is a suave, successful classical pianist just diagnosed with ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Bec is a brash college student and would-be rock singer who can barely keep her wildly chaotic affairs, romantic and otherwise, together. Yet, when Bec takes a job assisting Kate, Kate sees something special in the way Bec takes care of her. Kate and Bec find each other’s strength through their weaknesses. You’re Not You explores how two strangers can bring out the best in each other even in the midst of trials and tribulations. This movie also gives face to the much talked about ALS and will definitely make people more compassionate with victim of the said disease.
Running time: 103 minutes`
Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel
What is ALS?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and rarely Charcot disease—is a neurodegenerative disorder with various causes. The term motor neurone disease (MND) is sometimes used interchangeably with ALS while others use it to refer to a group of similar conditions that include ALS. ALS is characterised by muscle spasticity, rapidly progressive weakness due to muscle wasting. This results in difficulty speaking, swallowing, and breathing. The disease usually starts around the age of 60, except in cases that are directly inherited when the usual age of onset is around 50.
The average survival from onset to death is three to four years. Only 4% survive longer than 10 years, although rare cases survive 50 years or more. Most die from respiratory failure. In much of the world rates of ALS are unknown. In Europe the disease affects about 2.2 people per 100,000 per year. In the United States, more than 5,600 are diagnosed every year, and up to 30,000 Americans are currently affected. ALS is responsible for 2 deaths per 100,000 people per year.
Descriptions of the disease date back to at least 1824 by Charles Bell. In 1869 the connection between the symptoms and the underlying neurological problems were first described by Jean-Martin Charcot who in 1874 began using the term amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. It became well known in the United States when it affected a famous baseball player by the name of Lou Gehrig, and later when the ice bucket challenge became popular in 2014.
Who is Lou Gehrig?
- Henry Louis “Lou” or “Buster” Gehrig was an American baseball first baseman who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees. Using number 4 as his mark, Lou plays First baseman and pinch hitter
- Born: June 19, 1903, Yorkville, New York City, New York, United States
- Died: June 2, 1941, Riverdale, New York City, New York, United States and buried in Kensico Cemetery, New York.
- Spouse: Eleanor Gehrig(m. 1933–1941)