Take an unforgettable journey with four children diagnosed with cancer. How I Live follows the children, their families, and their healthcare providers as they confront the realities of living with cancer in Guatemala, El Salvador, Egypt, Myanmar, and Ghana. Through their journeys we see the realitites of global health inequities but also the movement underway to give all children access to treatment and a cure for childhood cancer.
Thought provoking and inspiring.
How I Live' follows the journeys of four children with cancer in Guatemala, El Salvador, Myanmar and Egypt and Ghana. Following them from diagnosis through treatment, the complex issues facing patients, families and healthcare providers emerge. The film documents the difficulties of accessing cancer treatment in low resource settings while providing examples of how global collaboration can lead to increased survival rates and closing global health inequities.
We meet the healthcare teams who know and understand what those challenges look like for families of children with cancer and are working to provide quality care to their patients in the face of adverse conditions. Weaving together four years of filming and stories from disparate corners of the globe, the film is a composite of: the power of parents’ love, children’s courage, and what is possible when a community is dedicated to treating and someday curing childhood cancer.
"Looking at all the inequities related to childhood cancer seen in the film, I realized that it was very important to start working to change the system. The faces of those kids from the film were the same faces I have been seeing in my country."
Watching this documentary I immediately realized that this was exactly what I was looking for: to capture the reality of childhood cancer care through the eyes of healthcare workers and especially through the eyes of their loving families. Because when the heart is involved, we can lift mountains together.
The students were very moved by the film and so were the faculty. It is such a beautiful portrait of family, children dealing with cancer, and collective medical support. We were transported to each location and taken into each child's world. It was magical.