Thursday, March 4, 2010

We Need Your Help


My oldest daughter, Sarah, is directing a film about William to enter in the film festival this year (http://www.saicff.org/). I have added her email at the bottom of this post, asking for your help. She completed her first interview today and it went very well - thank you, Dr. Norman!
After filming, we went to play in a nearby park and had a lot of fun. As we were leaving, Sarah noticed William's processor was missing. Guess where we found it?
Needless to say, I try not to ever actually leave a place until I check his ears. With the new processors he always told me that one was off, but now that he's wearing the old ones again he doesn't seem to mind if one comes off (in fact, we're back to him pulling them off frequently - I don't know why). I'm sooooo ready for his new ones to come in.
"A cheerful heart is good medicine..." Proverbs 15:13a
From Sarah:
Hello, friends and family! As some of you already know, I am working on making a movie of William's story to enter in the film festival later this year. I would like your help. If you think of any questions for me to ask on camera, please forward them to me. They can be questions about his health, his daily life, his future, us other children, our family, positive questions, negative questions...ANYTHING you can think of. I haven't decided who all I am going to interview for sure yet, but they can be questions directed to doctors, Daddy and Mommy, therapists, us children, friends, whoever! Anything that you would find interesting. If there was ever a question you wanted to ask, now is the time to do it! Sometimes when you are living in the midst of something, you don't see or wonder things that other people might, so that's where you can all be very helpful to me.

Also, I'm trying to determine for sure what direction to take the movie, so please tell me what YOU would find interesting.

I am on a tight deadline, so the sooner you can email me (or blog comment) your questions, the more likely it will be that I can use them. I am interviewing one of his doctors tomorrow and two more next week, along with therapists. I'm not quite sure when I will do Daddy and Mommy's interview yet.

Thank you all so much for your help on this project. It is so important to me and I am excited to be doing it!

Sincerely,
Sarah

9 comments:

  1. Sarah,

    This is more a question for you and your siblings, and may not be the direction you're going with your film, but just a thought... :0)

    When one kid in a family has special needs, that kid probably needs more of Mom and Dad's time and attention. How does that work out in your family? How do your parents 'manage' the impact of that on everyone, so that nobody feels... like a nobody? Or neglected?

    Because I suspect your family is doing a pretty good job of this.

    Julie

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  2. 1. Oh, my goodness! Processor in the sand- ACK! I hope it is still working OK!

    2. Questions.... I'll list some below.

    Is it difficult not having a cause for William's medical issues?

    What kind of therapies does William receive on a regular basis?

    What do his therapists do to keep his therapy "fun?"

    How does having a large family help with William's learning (i.e. having lots of siblings to love and help him must be of great benefit- it would be great to see how the brothers and sisters help him out)?

    How do all of his successes make you feel? He has had a lot of challenges, but he is thriving despite the diagnoses.

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  3. At the end of the film a good question for all the family members might be: What has God taught you or what have you learned the most through William and his medical trials?

    Another thought would be to be sure and give a good introduction of each crisis.

    Also, I think it would be interesting to do a day/week in the life sort of thing. Following William, going to all the therapies, his routine at home, the way everyone pitches in to help, etc.

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  4. Arizona ConnectionMarch 6, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    Sarah, I did vote on the movie title because I saw one I liked but I also thought of a few more.
    "From the Inside Looking Out"
    "Love Heals"
    "Over Coming a Silent World"
    "The Lords Special Gift"
    I added the film website to my "Favorite" and hopefully will be able to follow your film or at lest keep track of what is going on.
    I wish you the very best with this endeavor. I am so excited for you.
    Sincerely,
    Jill

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  5. Oooh- I think my comment is going to go through this time-!!!
    Another question you might ask the sisters (or yourself) could be something like, what personal sacrafices have you made in an effort to help William? And as a result of these sacrafices, have you received or gained any unexpected benefits?

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  6. I also like "Precious in His Sight."
    Abby

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  7. Abby-- I agree with you. That has been the best title that I have liked so far. You could always subtitle it if you wanted to like: "Precious in His Sight:William's story"

    If the movie is just about his hearing loss, then "Cause Me To Hear" would be the best title. But I had thought that it was about all of his journey, in which case I like "Precious in His Sight".

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  8. Another idea was "Cause Me To Hear: William's Story" - from Mrs. P

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  9. ....& as i make my daily visit to the Blog i once again thank you for keeping up with this...in addition to every day life activities!
    those of us who visit love to hear the latest news.
    however, i am sure i still underestimate the effort (although all done in love) required for such an undertaking as Blogging!
    thank you very much.

    (& Krissa, congratulations & may God be ever-present in your marriage)

    Liesa

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