Jennifer Brea is a filmmaker, activist and myalgic encephalomyelitus (ME) patient. Along with Beth Mazur, she co-founded #MEAction. Jennifer is also the founder of MEpedia and director of Unrest, an award-winning documentary film about living with ME.
Jennifer was initially misdiagnosed with "conversion disorder" instead of ME; she was permanently harmed after a walk home from her neurologist's office when she should have been ordered to get complete bed rest for her best chance of recovery.
Unrest documentary film[edit | edit source]
Jennifer directed and produced the film Unrest which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017 and was on the shortlist for the 2017 Academy Awards.
Articles[edit | edit source]
Talks and interviews[edit | edit source]
- Jan 2017, Sundance Film Festival - Meet the Artist '17: Jennifer Brea
- Jan 2017, What happens when you have a disease doctors can't diagnose (TED Talk)
- Jan 20, 2017, Sundance Reel hour one - Jan 20, 2017 Audio interview with Jennifer Brea and Omar Wasow about Unrest (31mins in)
- May 18, 2017 - Congressional Briefing on ME/CFS (Slides of briefing)
- May 6, 2018, Episode One The ME Show podcast by Gary Burgess
Awards[edit | edit source]
- 2013, ProHealth’s 2013 Advocate of the Year – Jennifer Brea
- 2015, Congrats to ‘Canary in a Coal Mine,’ November’s Project of the Month!
- 2017, ProHealth is proud to announce its 2017 Patient Advocate of the Year – Jennifer Brea
Learn more[edit | edit source]
- Wikipedia - Jennifer Brea
- 2016, The story and stigma of a baffling illness: Jen Brea speaks at TEDSummit
- 2016, Women's Media Center with Robin Morgan (Audio)
Online presence[edit | edit source]
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Jennifer Brea - Canary In A Coal Mine - The Coffee Klatch - Listen @4:00
- Jennifer Bréa, Omar Wasow
- Omar Wasow IMDB
- Brea, Jennifer (Dec 27, 2017). "They told me my illness was all in my head. Was it because I'm a woman? - The Boston Globe". bostonglobe.com. Retrieved Oct 12, 2018.
- Brea, Jennifer (Jan 18, 2017). "Meet the Artist '17: Jennifer Brea". Youtube. Sundance Institiute.
- Wells, John; Larson, Nell (Jan 20, 2017). "Sundance Reel hour one - January 20, 2017". KPCW. 31 min. Retrieved Oct 12, 2018.
- Markey, Ed (May 26, 2017). "Congressional Briefing on ME/CFS". YouTube. SolveCFS.
- "Slides of Congressional Briefing on ME/CFS" (PDF). solvecfs.org. May 2017.
- Burgess, Gary (Apr 20, 2018). "The ME Show". meassociation.org.uk. ME Association. Retrieved Oct 12, 2018.
- Verrillo, Erica (Jan 25, 2014). "ProHealth's 2013 Advocate of the Year – Jennifer Brea". prohealth.
- Indiewire (Dec 9, 2013). "Congrats to 'Canary in a Coal Mine,' November's Project of the Month!". IndieWire. Retrieved Oct 12, 2018.
- Verrillo, Erica (Mar 5, 2018). "ProHealth is proud to announce its 2017 Patient Advocate of the Year – Jennifer Brea". prohealth.com.
- Colman, David (Jun 27, 2016). "The story and stigma of a baffling illness: Jen Brea speaks at TEDSummit". TED Blog. Retrieved Oct 12, 2018.
- Morgan, Robine (2016). "Interview With Jen Brea". Women's Media Center Live.
Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.