Man with multiple sclerosis creates intensely personal documentary to share his experiences

Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of twenty-five, Jason DaSilva responded by turning to one of the few unchanged aspects of his life – his interest in filmmaking. He documented everything, from his struggles adjusting to the impact of MS after being able-bodied all his life, to meeting Alice Cook, his then future wife, at an MS support group. Cook eventually joined him in the creation of the documentary. Their film, “When I Walk,” aired on PBS June 23, 2014, and was a selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Watch the trailer below, or view the entire film online, courtesy of PBS. The film will only be available online for one month, from June 24th to July 23rd, so check it out soon!

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.

One response to “Man with multiple sclerosis creates intensely personal documentary to share his experiences

  1. I saw the film on Point of View, Monday evening, June 23, on PBS Seattle and Yakima stations. It was a powerful film. Someone close to me has relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis and Jason’s diagnosis is a progressive form of ms. Watching this film was difficult. I care about Jason and his wife and their future. What about the pregnancy?

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