This is a discussion of a woman, an ordinary woman who participates in the everyday and commonplace acts of life. As she re-views (reminiscences) about her present, past, and future. This collaboration of, and interdependence between the visual and the verbal, forms an autoethnography of a woman’s life and explores a still developing, still evolving selfhood.
I have suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), now called Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease by the the Institute of Medicine, since 1990. My daughter is also plagued with it and forced to be on temporary disability. Believe me she would much rather be at work than confined to her bed for days on end as I have been.
and to no avail....no cure....and yuppie flu, a senseless label remains. There have been far too many groundbreaking articles making this claim without any treatment whatsoever existing other than in the homeopathic realm: acupuncture, vitamin infusion, exercise and on ad infinitum yet no bloody cure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sufferers like my daughter and myself are sick to death of being dismissed with pejorative labels and not being given any credibility regarding the debilitating symptoms excused as mental/psychiatric issues. I heard this same crap twenty-five years ago when there was far less known about it and far less treatment available for it. And ironically NOTHING has changed.
Try functioning when you are struggling with total exhaustion after minor physical or mental exertion, cognitive impairment worsening upon standing, or a brain fog, sleeplessness, muscle and joint pain, rash, lymph inflammation, which only lying in bed for days or weeks upon end abates just barely.
Laura Hillenbrand author of Unbroken and Seabiscuit struggles with this disease as does Cher as do too many people!!
When will a cure be found....too long considered a type A Woman's Disease....there needs to be a cure.
This amazing man and retired Beverly Hills optometrist spoke at CSUN this spring. He provided a living history of his experiences at Buchenwald where he was held for approximately several years under the Nazi killing machine. He survived to tell his tale and honored his family and fellow survivors. Those from Cologne now dead except for Dr. Oster who will never forget.
He stated: "What I see here, where the barracks used to be, at every barrack there was a pile of dead bodies, this is in your memory forever," Oster said. "When someone asks how Buchenwald was, you immediately see the dead bodies again."
The Kindness of the Hangman came to visit On March 6, 2015 Friday at 2:00PM authors Dr. Henry Oster and Dexter Ford came to CSUN to give a talk about their amazing memoir of Oster's fight for survival during WWII while captive in a concentration camp of horrors of called Buchenwald. Their recently published book, The Kindness of the Hangman (Higgins
Bay Press, 2014), tells Oster's gripping tale of the 2,011 Jews who were
rounded up by the Gestapo and deported from Cologne, Germany. Henry
is the only one still alive to tell their story. Dr. Oster and Dexter Ford spoke and signed copies of their book. It is available for purchase on Amazon and at The Kindness of the Hangman Click here to see the recent Los Angeles Times article on Dr. Oster. Attended by approximately a hundred fascinated listeners, Oster held the audience captive with his wrenching tale.
He stood for 70 minutes and spoke without any notes. His tone was conversational, informative, concise, to the point, and tinged with sardonic humor....the CSUN audience was spell bound. The Q&A following afforded discussion with Ford regarding the challenge of assembling hundreds of hours of video recorded interviews into a historical, personal, engaging, and photograph filled account of Oster's life. Ford has been a contributing editor to the New York times and affirmed that, although he is a bit younger, he now knows how to write in the voice of a person of Oster's ilk in his mid-eighties. The challenge of rendering Oster's voice and the tortuous journey within a landscape of brutal survival culminating in rescue, hope, arrival in a new land, creating a new identity, rebuilding lost family ties, and becoming an accomplished Beverly Hills based optometrist was achieved over a writing period of seven years. One can barely imagine how daunting a project this was for both men. The utmost gratitude and appreciation to these two incredible human beings for sharing what Ford describes as a "gripping, never-before-written account of one lost German boy,
totally alone, clawing to survive in the tidal wave of Nazi genocide." We were all humbled, informed, edified, privileged, and awed by this experience.
On April 11-12, 2015 Henry Oster will be a guest of the German government at the memorial commemorating the liberation of Buchenwald Concentration Camp