RESCULPTING VENUS
THE "MAKING-OF" INTERVIEW

Although Resculpting Venus is a comedy, no subject matter could be more serious. A diagnosis of cancer is earth-shattering for anyone... yet, as all cancer patients know, it's an experience as unique as the patients themselves. No two people truly have the same cancer, need the same treatment, or deal with their illness in the same way.

"I knew no-one could ever dream up the stuff I was experiencing...I would write down little notes everyday, little odd things that made me giggle or broke my heart. I would share some of the moments with friends who stood and stared at me with their jaws hanging open. I knew I had to make a film."

For Julianne Buescher, being young and single aided in recovery, but also contributed to the isolation and despair that can be part of any disease. "I was in the middle of a hurricane... watching a twisted world swirl around me... a weird cosmic joke. I wanted to capture that place on film... to reach others lost in the storm... to let them know that the storm can lift, and that it is SO COMPLETELY appropriate to LAUGH! Laughter makes all the difference." Other factors that help make a powerful stand in the battle are taking control of your treatment and reaching out to others in similar situations.

"I shopped for my medical team! I was very picky. I thoroughly researched and chose MY treatment...MY path to recovery. I especially loved choosing to go bald!! I also understood that people who became distant toward me were simply afraid of their own mortality... especially at this age.. and it didn't have anything to do with me and my illness. I soon found other young cancer patients whose experiences mirrored my own... same fears, anger, and similar passion to live each new day fully! But it did take some work to find those people."

Julianne still feels that there aren't enough outreach programs and support groups geared toward the special needs of younger, single cancer patients---too old to be children, too young to have established families and financial situations to support them.

"My hope is that this film effectively reflects the fact that the medical community is not prepared for the growing number of young people diagnosed DAILY. And I truly hope this film reaches any person sitting in their room, trapped in the storm of an illness, disability, or other seemingly hopeless situation. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!! Write about it, talk about it, or HEY! Make a MOVIE!"

   
jbuescher@newvenus.com
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