I have had Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) since March 2002. Both of my sons also got ME/CFS at ages 6 and 10. Our younger son fully recovered after 10 years of mild illness. Our older son still has ME/CFS and also has Lyme disease plus two other tick infections. This blog is about how our family lives with chronic illness, with a focus on improving our conditions and enjoying our lives in spite of these challenges.
I was feeling pretty crummy all weekend, so we tried to take it easy and enjoyed a great movie Saturday night:
We watched 12 Monkeys, and we both loved this unique post-apocalyptic time travel thriller. In 1996, a viral pandemic hit that almost wiped out the human race. The people left moved underground to get away from the toxic surface of the earth. When the movie opens, at some point in the future, scientists are trying to find the source of the virus (which they believe to be a terrorist group named the Army of the Twelve Monkeys) so that they can develop a cure that will allow mankind to return to the surface. To do this, they choose "volunteers" from their prison and send them back in time to 1996. Bruce Willis plays James Cole, one such prisoner. The scientists make a mistake, though, and send him back to 1990 instead. There, trying to warn people about the future global disaster, James is seen as a delusional lunatic and locked up in a psychiatric ward. He meets Jeffrey, played wonderfully and hilariously by Brad Pitt, the energetic and intelligent (and totally crazy) son of a prominent virologist, and Dr. Kathryn Railly, one of the doctors in the hospital, who thinks that James looks familiar and is intrigued by his rantings. The action moves forward quickly, as James tries to complete his mission to save the world. It's an intriguing plot, but the real uniqueness of this film is in its tone and cinematography. Though there is plenty of fast-paced thriller-like action, there is a slightly farcical feel to the movie and plenty of laughs (especially from Brad Pitt's performance!). The scenes that take place in the underground future have a distinct steampunk look. It all adds up to an engaging and suspenseful movie that never takes itself too seriously. We both enjoyed it very much.