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“Life Without A Fork,” Documentary Feature | Flying Without A Net | On God’s Wings.” ~Vanessa Williams

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In 2006, I  was diagnosed with the rare and potentially fatal condition known as Idiopathic Angioedema. Angioedema is a histamine mediated condition that causes swelling and alike symptoms that can be brought on by little to no reason. Angioedema’s Idiopathic form is different from other form of Angioedema because it is not known to be genetically accumulated and any specific causes are also generally unknown. A few years following my initial diagnoses, September 2009, all of my efforts have been toward advocating for both myself and all others that have been diagnosed with this detrimental condition. For the last seven years, I have personally and without help, funded our advocacy efforts in every spectrum, grown and withheld a community base, spoken in local schools about this condition, as well as write, film, edit, and produce a documentary film known as Life Without A Fork, telling the story of Angioedema. I have even lost my sister and many others from the condition. It is now almost the summer of 2016 and our efforts to raise awareness round Idiopathic Angioedema and save lives, are in need of assistance! Supporting this entire advocacy all on my own is no longer an option as I am now disabled. With our 501(c)(3) non- profit organization being newly established, I appreciate any relating assistance that you may be able to provide, even sharing our efforts with your friends and family.

It’s now 2017 and, having started in 2009, advocating for this cause and producing a feature film has been a journey and then some! I am ill with the condition, #IdiopathicAngioedema, so it remains extremely challenging for me to forge on with taking this project to the finish line. I have been offered help, countless times and sometimes, it really gets me down when the follow-through doesn’t actually come. Oft times, it gets me to the point that I just want to say, with all the pleasantries I can muster, “no, thank you.”

Doors opening and closing as quickly as the turn-style types to be found in mid-town Manhattan’s office buildings, I continue to persevere as I have finally completed, Life Without A Fork, documentary film! This project, while certain to impact audiences around the globe with its rich, vivid, and most certainly, shocking images, along with its bigger than life storylines, will also serve as advocacy to help save lives, yes, mine included, thank you very much! :), by getting some, ‘right attention,’ around #ChronicAngioedema. Absolutely a project that is near and dear to my heart, I work hard to find cause and cure for this potentially life-threatening disease.

For my reward, God has not only been steadfast in his willingness to help me make this happen, he continues to remind me that, as per the great words shared by my mom, the late, Katie Tucker, “Every man is a golden link in the chain of my good.” And, although I may be flying without a net, it is through the endless source of support I receive from others, like you who are His angels and are amongst my family, friends, fellow-sufferers, fans, celebrity associates, and overall well-wishers, I fly forever on God’s wings.


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To help keep our global outreach efforts free we ask that you donate to our ongoing gofundme.com campaign below and most sincerely hope that your swells will forever be minimal at worst.

~ Donate Here for Life Without A Fork’s Outreach Initiatives ~

Life Without A Fork Is A Not-for-Profit | 501(c)(3) | Corporation

As always, we appreciate your ongoing support.

Disclaimer: Our page is a community service to our users. The information provided on this site is meant for informational purposes only. LifeWithoutAFork.com, Inc., The Idiopathic Angioedema Global Advocacy Group, and its employees and affiliates are not responsible for the accuracy of any information herein contained. You are encouraged to validate any information we provide with proper professional consultation.


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