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Mariah Gladis was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in 1981 and given less than two years to live. Witness a miracle.
Can I tell you why I'm making this movie?
My mother was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease 31 years ago and told she couldn't have children because the physical toll of labor and birth would hasten the progression of the disease. My older brother Luke was born a year later, and I was born a year after that. I owe my life to her defiance of that diagnoses and its consequent death sentence. She calls it sacred defiance.
Since that day - when she was given a 10% chance of surviving 2 years - she has gone on to win dozens of honors and awards, including the Living Legacy Award - joining previous recipients such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou, and Mother Theresa. She has used the urgency of that devastating diagnosis to develop a new method of psychotherapy that efficiently and dramatically facilitates the healing of emotional wounds that has transformed the lives of thousands.
I’m making this movie as a tribute to her, as an immortalization of a special craft of life-saving psychotherapy, and because I need to know why strangers stop me on the street and tell me “your mother saved my life.”
It's also my desire to improve the quality of life for those around me. A wise person once said to me: "if you want to be happy, make everyone around you happy." These days it seems like a never-ending battle between hope and cynicism, resignation and phenomenon. By examining life through the lens of this form of Gestalt Psychology, I hope to reveal a technology that allows people to see the world as they choose to - without the filter of the past and the anxiety of the future, to answer for themselves the very same question my mother asks first in each of her sessions: What's important now?
The Wounded Healer is a story of extreme courage in the face of life and death, the inspiring story of one woman's commitment to restoring emotional traumas and empowering people to reclaim their lives as their own.
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