Nine incredible vestibular warriors share their stories in a new docuseries
Life Rebalanced Chronicles features six episodes, which will be aired weekly starting August 17, 2021, in conjunction with Balance Awareness Week. Each episode is focused on a part of the human experience impacted by living with vestibular dysfunction—Body, Mind, Spirit, Relationships, Self, Life . . . Rebalanced.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
Secondary Endolymphatic Hydrops
Johan "The Chappiness Guy"
Bilateral Vestibular Hypofunction
Autoimmune Inner Ear Disorder
Mal de Debarquement
Vestibulopathy with Visual Preference
Vestibulopathy due to Stroke
Balance is easily taken for granted
However, when the fragile vestibular organs of the inner ear and brain are damaged by illness or injury, anyone can lose the ability to balance. Vestibular dysfunction affects people physically, mentally, and emotionally. Simple tasks, such as shopping and doing laundry, become obstacles to overcome. People afflicted by vestibular impairment are forced to adapt to a "new normal," and in doing so, often discover a life rebalanced.
Life Rebalanced Chronicles documents the stories of nine vestibular warriors. None of them expected to be knocked down by a vestibular disorder. All of them have looked fear, anxiety, and loneliness in the face and said, "You will not define me." Theirs is a message of hope to millions of people who struggle with invisible chronic illness—you are seen, you are heard, you are valued.
About the Director
Kimberly Warner is a filmmaker and photographer based in Portland, Oregon.
In 2015, Kimberly began experiencing unexplained symptoms, including constant rocking, bobbing and swaying, which was first diagnosed as cervicogenic vertigo, followed by vestibular migraine and Mal de Debarquement Syndrome (MdDS). Kimberly draws from her experience as a vestibular patient in her storytelling, honoring the lived experience of everyone who suffers from these invisible yet debilitating conditions. "From the outside we look normal," Kimberly says, "inside it's a messy, uncomfortable journey of being alive–with no fix in sight." Check out Kimberly's award-winning docuseries, "Unfixed."