Facilitator Notes


Facilitator Note 1

Possible examples in the film include:

  • (Nadia) “People feel like it’s something they’ve done”
  • (Miracle) “Why do I have to be sick?”
  • (Jeff) “Makes you feel sick when you’re not able to do what you’re trying to do.” “You almost dread rounding on patients you know you aren’t helping.”

Facilitator Note 2

Possible overlooked issues or “stories around the pain” include: discrimination, race, class, ethnicity, depression, fatigue, immune system (frequent illnesses), how to get back to the rest of one’s life in terms of school, intimacy, etc.

Facilitator Note 3

Possible responses may include:

  • Structural social support: (Miracle) “Friends and family help me cope.”
  • Activities to quite the mind and emotions such as meditation, yoga, reflective activities
  • Connection to nature
  • Physical activities
  • Distraction: (Miracle) “Walk with my ipod.”
  • Use of expressive techniques such as art, music, writing etc
  • Spirituality: (Miracle’s mother) “I pray a lot, nothing I can do, just be there.”
  • Engage the person’s inherent resilience and inner capacities

Facilitator Note 4

Quotes from the film include:

  • “You can’t fight this pain; you just have to cope with it.” “It’s not easy to relax when you’re in a lot of pain.”
  • “Relax, fighting pain makes it worse.” (Davon’s brother)
  • “You don’t need to be angry; you just need to deal with it.” “Being angry was getting me nowhere” (Miracle)

Facilitator Note 5

Refer to Miracle’s statements about mental health treatment for depression: “I don’t feel like myself because of pain and depression.” “Therapy is an outlet.”