Jennifer Brea

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Jennifer Brea is a filmmaker, activist and myalgic encephalomyelitus (ME) patient. Along with Beth Mazur, she co-founded #MEAction. Jennifer is also the founder of MEpedia and director of Unrest, an award-winning documentary film about living with ME.

Jennifer was initially misdiagnosed with "conversion disorder" instead of ME; she was seriously harmed after a walk home from her neurologist's office when she should have been ordered to get complete bed rest for her best chance of recovery.[1]Jennifer Brea - Canary In A Coal Mine - The Coffee Klatch - Listen @4:00</ref>

In 2012 Jennifer married Omar Wasow[2], a famous TV talk show, film producer[3] and founder of Blackplanet.[4]

Unrest documentary film[edit | edit source]

Jen uses a use a wheelchair keeping her legs up due to POTS as her blood pools into her legs

Jennifer directed and produced the film Unrest which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017 and was on the shortlist for the 2017 Academy Awards.

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  1. "I made a film from my bed to show my illness is real". BBC News. November 9, 2017.
  2. Jennifer Bréa, Omar Wasow
  3. Omar Wasow IMDB
  4. Blackplanet
  5. Brea, Jennifer (December 27, 2017). "They told me my illness was all in my head. Was it because I'm a woman? - The Boston Globe". Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  6. Brea, Jennifer (January 18, 2017). "Meet the Artist '17: Jennifer Brea". Youtube. Sundance Institiute.
  7. Wells, John; Larson, Nell (January 20, 2017). "Sundance Reel hour one - January 20, 2017". KPCW. 31 min. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  8. Markey, Ed (May 26, 2017). "Congressional Briefing on ME/CFS". YouTube. SolveCFS.
  9. "Slides of Congressional Briefing on ME/CFS" (PDF). May 2017.
  10. Burgess, Gary (April 20, 2018). "The ME Show". ME Association. ME Association. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  11. Verrillo, Erica (January 25, 2014). "ProHealth's 2013 Advocate of the Year – Jennifer Brea". prohealth.
  12. Indiewire (December 9, 2013). "Congrats to 'Canary in a Coal Mine,' November's Project of the Month!". IndieWire. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  13. Verrillo, Erica (March 5, 2018). "ProHealth is proud to announce its 2017 Patient Advocate of the Year – Jennifer Brea".
  14. Colman, David (June 27, 2016). "The story and stigma of a baffling illness: Jen Brea speaks at TEDSummit". TED Blog. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  15. Morgan, Robine (2016). "Interview With Jen Brea". Women's Media Center Live.