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An Analysis of the Film FridaWatching the film Frida expanded my knowledge of an intriguing artist but more importantly helped me to understand the way that chronic pain and old wounds affected Frida Kahlos life There are many ways that that pain and those wounds changed her life much as the epilepsy that I was diagnosed with has changed and continues to change mine From day to day living to pregnancy to relationships and art chronic conditions affect everythingIn the film Fridas life is forever changed in a bus accident Although at first it seems she will never walk again she is determined and lucky enough to power through and learn to walk My own challenges are not immediately as great--I am lucky enough to have been in a group of people who helped me to be safe when I had my first seizure so I sustained no permanent damage Daily however I face taking medication to try to keep my seizures in check constant self-evaluation as to whether I am going to have minor seizures that day some memory loss that may be related to seizures or the medication I take for it and limitations in locomotion--I dont drive anymore I can no longer have grapefruit--one of my favorite fruits--because it interferes with my medication There are times in the movie where we see Frida dealing with a flare-up of the pain and there are times when my seizures stop being held in check by my medication Most recently it flared up when I switched from a daily womens vitamin to a pre-natal vitaminA particularly poignant moment in Frida was the discussion that ensued after Frida discovered she was pregnant I have not yet become pregnant but as my husband and I discuss the possibility we have found that its something we have to be very careful with Some if not all medications prescribed
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