The first time I saw Swallow: A Documentary, it brought tears to my eyes (hokey, but true). Not tears because of how tragic dysphagia is for the 2 adults and 1 child in the movie, but tears of joy because of the HOPE that these patients have for getting better. Part of my dream in starting a swallowing center in Denver was to offer patients more hope that their swallowing can get better, so this movie is right up my alley.
The movie debuted at the ASHA convention last week (followed by roaring applause from the audience of speech pathologists). As Dr. Peter Belafsky (an ENT at UC Davis) says in the movie, swallowing difficulty is “underrated in the medical community”. This movie was created to increase awareness and bring much needed attention to the millions of people living with this condition.
I’m so glad to see that this film is now available for millions to see on YouTube. It’s a short 15 minute documentary-
I’d love to hear what you think of the movie- please shoot me an email or post on the Carter Swallowing Center Facebook page after you have a chance to watch it. And if you like it, pass it on to someone you know. It’s things like this that can help put dysphagia on the medical radar!