In “Living & Breathing,” we witness how three women from three different countries (US, UK, France) cope with one such chronic illness: Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (or LAM for short), a rare and fatal disease which usually attacks the lungs of women in their childbearing years and can progressively cause respiratory failure.
The difficulties, uncertainties, and isolation derived from living with this disease are relieved by the measures of joy that are still to be found in life – even under these circumstances. Against all expectations, the disease becomes a great battle that leads these women to reinvent themselves and their lives with greater meaning than ever before. They teach us profound lessons about what is important in our own lives, how we face imminent mortality, and whether happiness is still possible despite being afflicted with such an illness.
Directors: Guillaume de Ginestel & George Crawford
Producers: French Connection Films, Codex Now, Vosges Television
Length: 52 minutes
Languages: English, French
Broadcasters: Vosges Television, Planète (Canada), Explora (Canada), PBS (USA)