Just Another Dance With My Father
What would you do if you or a loved one suddenly experienced a stroke? Our film short introduces us to Katie a vibrant young woman who is successful as a realtor, happily in love, and is living life to the fullest. She is close to her family; particularly her father and we discover in the beginning that since she was little, she has always loved to dance with her father. We see that one day at work she experiences a stroke. This film will follow her from the emergency room, to her experienced on a rehabilitation unit, to her home, and finally to her sister’s wedding.
Diane’s Inspiration for this short film:
As a writer and a medical speech-language pathologist, I have been deeply moved and inspired over the years by the courage and heartache of both the stroke survivors and their families in dealing with the after-effects of having a stroke. I have truly learned more from them over the years than they have learned from me. While we tend to think of those experiencing a stroke as being older, I have also been continually stunned at the number of patients who have been in their 20′s, 30′s, and 40′s and how a stroke profoundly affects their life. I have watched families handle their loved one’s stroke in so many different ways; from being supportive, to fearful, to pushing them away. You will see a number of these various situations played out in this film. Too often, films and television have shown stroke patients fully functional with no residual difficulties within the hour or two they are on the screen. Real life would suggest otherwise. While fictional, this film script has been provided with loving technical support and inspiration by my fellow speech-language pathologists, Occupational therapists, physical therapists, nurses and physicians. Their input has been so important to the creation of this film.
– Diane Musselman