Living and Breathing

201253 mins

They’re known as “orphan diseases” – some 7,000 diseases, each too rare to attract much public attention or medical research, yet they afflict a total of 25 million people in Europe and 27 million in North America today. These orphan diseases, little understood by the general public and even by most doctors, bring to those afflicted by them a long and bewildering medical struggle, as well as psychological and social challenges.

We see how three women – Amy, Havi and Corine – from three different countries and afflicted by a rare disease called LAM (lymphangioleiomyomatosis), cope with this chronic lung condition.