Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Not As I Pictured - A Film by John Kaplan

I was recently leafing through the Summer/Fall 2011 issue of the LIVESTRONG  Quarterly magazine and ran across an interesting article brief in the Strong Stuff section entitled 'Through a Lens: What Survivorship Feels Like'.

The article highlighted Pulitzer Prize winning photographer John Kaplan's documentary film, Not As I Pictured , which chronicles the courageous, take-no-prisoners  tale of John's battle with lymphoma.  The up-close-and personal film is interspersed with numerous examples of his compelling photography, quick wit and gritty determination to beat his disease.

As a creative person, I particularly appreciate the style John has used to tell his inspiring story.  Through the advent of today's social media,  I was able to share my thoughts with him and he immediately got back in touch with me. He is the real deal, as they say, when he says that he wants to help others going through the cancer odyssey.
As an interesting aside, it turns out that John's oncologist and lymphoma specialist, Dr. Jay Lynch, is an old friend of mine from high school in Virginia. Together, John and Jay make a formidable pair.

Visit John's website, Not As I Pictured , to learn more about this project and to find out when the film will appear on your local PBS television station's schedule.  You'll be glad that you did.

To my fellow MMers: if lymphoma wasn't enough, John is well acquainted with multiple myeloma, as his beloved dad bravely fought MM several years ago.

Stay well and stay connected out there in Myelomaville!

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