Sunday, October 21, 2012

"Bernadette" Screening at NYC Indie Film Fest

Yours truly, Bernadette, and Josh Taub
Bernadette Scarduzio is a fellow CMT'er who has made it her mission to raise awareness about CMT. "Bernadette" is a film that offers the world a view into the challenges and difficulties of living with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Filmed over four years, audiences are invited to join Bernadette’s journey and her transformation from patient to advocate. Bernadette and filmmaker Josh Taub intend to make CMT “a household word,” elevating the cause to a national and international level, hopefully paving the way for more research funding and ultimately a cure.

The movie was screened at the NYC Indie Film Fest today and I was able to get a handful of tickets while I was still in Brazil. I couldn't wait to catch up with Bernadette again and also, finally meet my dear Fab Fiver Esther.

I first met Bern over 2 years ago, when I stumbled upon a trailer for her movie randomly at 3am one night I couldn't sleep (story of my life!). Here's what I wrote about it then:

My dad, my hubby, Elke, Veronica, and Anthony
I was very lucky to have a great group of supporters come watch the movie with me. Since I have been crying at the drop of a hat lately, I knew I needed and wanted to be surrounded by some of my closest family and friends.

Movie Poster

I absolutely LOVED the movie!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot wait to be able to show it to everyone I know. Bernadette's story is beautifully told. She is just the BOMB! She made me cry (75% of the time! LOL), she made me laugh, and she also told my story. It soooo resonated with me and my friends were so grateful to have seen it and to really get what I've been talking about this whole time. This movie is really going to do wonders for our community: to educate doctors, family and friends. It will be great to not have to deal with "the biggest disease no one has ever heard of."

And among the many highlights of today, at the top of my list was meeting Esther!!! We have known each other for a while now and I feel like I know so much about her and vice versa. Even though we don't live that far away from one another, it just had not worked out for us to meet up yet. Unfortunately, we didn't have much time to sit and chat because there was so much going on, but just the little amount of time we had made me feel like I have known her my entire life!!! Esther - it was truly a pleasure to meet you and Adiel...I already can't wait for our next meeting and we need a lot more time next time!!!

Me and my girls - I look a little too excited in this pic, but oh well!

Esther and I right after the movie...can you tell I've been crying?

Esther and I with Bernadette

Esther and I with Allison Moore, the Founder and President of the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation

Today was a long and tiring day but so worth it! I am SOOOO happy! And this movie has definitely made me want to do even more to help spread CMT awareness!!! Let's all do our part :)


Christine said...

This is so wonderful! I can't wait to see it, and finally have CMT "put on the map" so to speak :-) So glad you got to go!

Melissa said...

Soooo jealous! I love how certain things can just re-ignite that spark in us to spread awareness. So glad you got to meet up with Esther...that's just the beginning, I know it!

Natteringnic said...

Yes...what Melissa said....soooo jealous! I am so happy you and Esther got to meet up! And yes, this is all just a beginning....*big grin*

Lenka said...

Me too! I am so jealous! I am thrilled to see CMT get the attention that we all deserve. I can't wait to see the movie! And I look forward to a reunion with all of us- hopefully soon :)

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Maui Girl said...

Tomorrow is Bernadette's birthday so please go to and press the like tab if you haven't and if you have tell 5 other people to. I am trying to get her page over 1,000 likes for her. Thanks

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