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Imagine living life where you couldn’t eat or having to hide often because you looked, um, weird! Or looking and feeling, “normal,” but suddenly being unable to breath and then swelling and becoming distorted in the features–that would be straight out of a movie, yes?! Well some more folk would like to join us on this documented journey through Swellville and, as we have been receiving a number of requests, our ticket sales to this event have been extended. Thanks to all who are interested in this life changing project. We appreciate you!

This online pre-screening for the film, prior to its red carpet release, was hosted on Sunday, 17 July 2016. All purchasers will also be included in the initial formal invitation process for the Life Without A Fork Documentary Los Angeles’ red carpet event. Email registration (this will automatically be done via, Eventbrite), as well as consent for nondisclosure–see below–required to obtain link to film to be sent up to two days prior to the day of the big affair! We’ve got some festivals we will be attending during this time and some of the entry rules are strict around screenings.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Upon ticket purchase, you are agreeing to the nondisclosure terms for viewing the film.

You will be allowed to watch the movie wherever and with whomever you like and we absolutely encourage you to hold your own viewing parties!!! Great opportunity for individual fundraising for your personal living and health needs! Schools, churches, hospitals, pubs, or from the comforts of your sofa or bed–all dolled up or PJ’s, large groups or alone  (May be a bit of a tear-jerker with some shocking scenes so there is that to consider when thinking about this last option),  we hope you’ll enjoy, identify with and possibly learn from all the hard work that has gone into this project and bringing awareness to the rare, potentially fatal conditions of recurring idiopathic angioedema, Bradykinin mediated angioedema, anaphylaxis, urticaria and mast cell activation disorders.


Feel free to contact any of our staff regarding business inquiries, donations, questions, ticket registration, and just plain fan love at: http://www.lifewithoutafork.com, as we continue to make history raising awareness around Angioedema and Mast Cell Activation Disorders.


The Life Without A Fork Team & Idiopathic Angioedema Global Advocacy Group

Note: Dates and times subject to change. Additionally, Life Without A Fork, nor any of its affiliates, are liable for any miscellaneous mishaps regarding merchandise transactions, technical or network issues, or any other exchange regarding the Life Without A Fork Documentary Feature.


Hope to see you there!

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Diana, Princess of Wales’ many struggles with depression led to her recurring eating disorder, bulimia nervosa. Manuel Uribe Garza, the world’s fattest man, weighs 1,235 pounds, his extreme corpulence largely attributing to challenges he faces like inability to move and walk. Kurt Cobain, an American musician, best known for his roles as lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the rock band Nirvana, struggled with severe despondency, persistent bronchitis, and acute physical pain due to an undiagnosed long-standing stomach affliction. Many doctors guessing that it was either a result of some form of childhood disease or stress related, with none being able to pinpoint the specific cause by the time of his death.

Whether dis-ease of the mind causes disease in the body, or the reverse, the public’s fascination with medical mysteries is at an all-time high as they continue to give audience to such televised docu-dramas as Discovery Health, Diagnosis Unknown, and Mystery Diagnosis.

Life Without A Fork is a 125-minute runtime documentary film that follows the real-life accounts of Vanessa Williams and co-stars, Emmy award winner, Deb Whitcas, Brian Holden, Shelline Ross, Heather Campbell, Jacqueline Griffin, Meredith Fallow, Bonnie Williams, and Solstice Jensen as they live with the rare non-hereditary form of the condition known as chronic Angioedema.

Chronic recurring idiopathic angioedema is an orphan’s disease that has been given very little analysis and research, and is idiopathic in that physicians do not know what causes it. This life-threatening condition is triggered by medications, dyes, environmental components, foods, trauma, and other elements that act as allergens, releasing histamine into the blood stream, and oft times causing anaphylaxis shock.

In addition to an extremely stripped down diet (usually mimicking anorexia and other necessary avoidances) the major treatment to date is large quantities of antihistamines on a daily basis; and when exacerbated, epinephrine injections and steroids (although these drugs prove to be ineffective for the rarer, Bradykinin form of Angioedema).

From the humorous to the emotional and from the practical to the educational, Life Without A Fork’s segments range from how to’s on maintaining a healthful lifestyle, history and timelines, food limitations, excessive weight loss and its physical impact, relevant support groups, and medical practitioners as well as information describing the need for and the process in getting legislature to recognize the rights, limitations, and special needs of sufferers of all forms of angioedema and mast cell disorders. There are testimonials from fellow sufferers, family, and friends and endorsements from such featured celebrities as Dolph Lundgren, star of the $350,000,000 grossing film, Rocky IV; Quinton Aaron, star of Oscar award winning movie, The Blind Side; Doug E. Fresh, a renowned founder of hip-hop and the infamous human beat box; Amin Joseph, star of The Expendables; Chef and Food Network All Star, Debbie Lee, and more.

There are many people who have fallen prey to this condition and whose lives may be saved by making this infirmity as publicized and important as the more reputed diseases of Parkinson’s, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Cardiovascular, and Cancer.


If you’d just like to contribute to our film project, either in addition to or in lieu of purchasing a ticket, please do so below.

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