Monday, December 10, 2012

Beauty Does Lie: The Untold Stories of Autoimmune Diseases By Courtney G. Smith


Courtney G. Smith is a woman who taken her diagnosis of the autoimmune disease myasthenia gravis (MG) and used it to empower women. Courtney was first diagnosed with MG in April 2001. She founded Control Your Auto Productions, Inc. in April 2006 and began filming the award-winning documentary Beauty Does Lie: The Untold Stories of Autoimmune Diseases June of that same year. Beauty Does Lie explores the lives of 7 African American women living with various forms of autoimmune diseases including lupus, multiple sclerosis (MS), Sjogren's syndrome, pernicious anemia and myasthenia gravis. The women explain their emotional and physical difficulties of living with chronic, potentially debilitating diseases while dealing with the ignorance they encounter in society due to their healthy outer appearances. In spite of their daily battles with their autoimmune diseases, these women are able to triumph and live fulfilling lives. Beauty Does Lie also features commentary by highly regarded medical professionals in the Chicago community including, rheumatologist Dr. Adrienne Burford Foggs of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL and neurologist Dr. Tonya Fuller of Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, IL.

In 2007 Courtney was selected to be a workshop speaker for the Minority Women’s Summit in Washington, DC and was also quoted in Essence magazine. Beauty Does Lie was picked up for distribution in July 2007 by Fanlight Productions, Inc. The film has received several accolades, including being selected for presentation at the 2008 Western Psychological Association Convention, receiving a 2008 Merit Award for Video at the National Health Information Awards and being selected for presentation at the 2012 Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America National Conference. Courtney currently distributes the film through Control Your Auto Productions, Inc. You can get your copy today for $24.99 at www.courtneygsmith.com.

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