A new movie, “Cake” is poised to be released for public viewing before the end of 2014, if the producers can get it into the distribution cycle by then. Jennifer Anniston (and there are rumors of an Academy Award nomination) is the lead actress in this film about the trials and tribulations of a 40+ year old woman with chronic pain.
This is a transition movie for Anniston leaving comedy behind and venturing into a serious role. One of the director’s stipulations for Anniston was that she not wear any makeup throughout filming to make the character seem more real and limited by her illness. If Cake lives up to expectations, a true portrait of someone in pain should be drawn. We will just have to wait and see if this movie has captured the essence of suffering experienced by a person with chronic pain and successfully translates it from invisible to visible for the audience.
President, Jan Chambers, posted the following comment on the NFMCPA Facebook Page: Thank you! for recognizing a major health problem in America. Chronic pain is an invisible disease that changes how the brain functions. "Cake" may help chronic pain become more visible and seen by those who have dodged its grasp. Stigmatization of chronic pain and the 100 million people who suffer from it daily creates barriers to health care access. National surveys show that suicidal ideation occurs in 38% of the fibromyalgia population, a chronic pain condition which affects more than 10 million Americans. Lives, dreams, and careers are shattered because of life-altering chronic pain. Resiliency and quality of life plummet. Courageous men, women, and young adults try to maintain dignity while they are judged on their ability to successfully contribute to society and live a functional life while pain tosses them in every direction. Good people get caught in the vicious cycle of pain symptoms and management. Kudos for all involved in making "Cake." Jan Chambers, President of the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association