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The Theorist by Bo Fisher

 

The Alzheimer's Stories: Debbie & Andrew

A linguist told me "squirrels" is the hardest word to say in the English language. I started a project called Squirrels Stories for the things that are difficult to talk about.

Debbie’s mother has advanced Alzheimer’s Disease. Every time Debbie visits, she is hoping her mother is having a good day. 

Sadly, soon after this was recorded, Debbie’s mother Elmeree Elliott passed away.  

Andrew is a Biologist doing research to better understand how Alzheimer’s Disease works, and he hopes to impact the disease.

Squirrels Stories by Jamie Courville is a collection of stories; it is a place for things that are difficult to talk about; it is where these amazing audio portraits were originally published.


Jamie Courville spent twelve years in the film business wearing one hat or another on projects large and small, including  continuity for Muppets, editing video art and documentaries and founding a video collective. These days, she likes to record the voices and faces of people who are seldom heard and strive to get them to places where they will be. You can find her on Twitter here

David & Betsy

A linguist told me "squirrels" is the hardest word to say in the English language. I started a project called Squirrels Stories for the things that are difficult to talk about.

David is waiting for the pathology report after surgery to remove a tumor from his kidney. You can hear some of his radio work here.

Betsy has been out of the woods for ten years after a battle with a rare and deadly fallopian tube cancer. If you would like to talk to Betsy about her experience write to me here

Here is Betsy’s advise for others who may receive the same diagnosis.

Betsy, before and after.

Squirrels Stories by Jamie Courville is a collection of stories; it is a place for things that are difficult to talk about; it is where these amazing audio portraits were originally published.

Victoria & Jonah

A linguist told me "squirrels" is the hardest word to say in the English language. I started a project called Squirrels Stories for the things that are difficult to talk about.

Victoria is trying to get her life back after the removal of a brain tumor. She is getting a little better every day.

When Jonah was diagnosed with stage 4 Melanoma he did not expect to live more than six months. Nearly five years later, his scans have been clean for almost a year. 


Learan & Andrea

A linguist told me "squirrels" is the hardest word to say in the English language. I started a project called Squirrels Stories for the things that are difficult to talk about.

Learan lost his wife to breast cancer a year ago. Now he is a single parent to two boys. 


 

Andrea is coming out the other side of chemo for Stage 3 breast cancer. It has not been an easy road. 

Update: It has been over 6 months since Andrea’s last cancer treatment. She said being sick was like a dream.

 

 

Squirrels Stories by Jamie Courville is a collection of stories; it is a place for things that are difficult to talk about; it is where these amazing audio portraits were originally published.

Michael

A linguist told me "squirrels" is the hardest word to say in the English language. I started a project called Squirrels Stories for the things that are difficult to talk about.

Michael is a thirty year old artist living in Brooklyn and fighting leukemia. When recorded, he was waiting for a stem cell transplant. To read more about Michael's story, visit his blog. You will find some lovely photos there as well.

Update: Michael has made it through his transplant. He talks about reaching the 100 days milestone and looks to the long path of recovery ahead.

 

Squirrels Stories by Jamie Courville is a collection of stories; it is a place for things that are difficult to talk about; it is where these amazing audio portraits were originally published.


Jamie Courville spent twelve years in the film business wearing one hat or another on projects large and small, including  continuity for Muppets, editing video art and documentaries and founding a video collective. These days, she likes to record the voices and faces of people who are seldom heard and strive to get them to places where they will be. You can find her on Twitter here