“And I believe that good journalism, good television, can make our world a better place.”
On April 20th, the television network MTV, debuted their latest documentary in their True Life series. This documentary was a bold and brilliant step in the right direction for MTV as this particular documentary was based around two young women, Tabitha and Kenzie, living with epilepsy battling daily to get their symptoms under control.
MTV is known for their controversial television programs and content that may not be suitable for most younger audiences, programs such as Teen Mom, Jersey Shore, Snooki and Jwoww, etc.
On a personal note, I particularly do not like MTV and would not allow my own children to watch MTV Programming if I had children of my own.
However, I was quite surprised and pleased to see that MTV would offer to interview these two young women and support epilepsy awareness in such a tasteful and respectful way. Given, of course I had my doubts in the beginning, that it was MTV, yet I was willing to give the program a chance for a very good friend and fellow epilepsy advocate of mine Tabitha Johnson and for the support of epilepsy awareness as a whole. I did not want to cold shoulder the entire project before even giving it a single solitary chance.
Always, no matter what, give someone who is willing to try a chance. A good heart always opens up and has plenty of compassion.
After watching the MTV True Life | I Have Epilepsy Documentary I was very pleasantly surprised. MTV did an excellent job. On more than one occasion, I was moved to tears. Both Kenzie and Tabitha tore down the walls and allowed the world into the life of the journey we all walk. It was compelling, it was moving, it was real and it was truth. They weren’t afraid for the world to see truth. I applaud that.
These were two women out of 63 million plus others around the world who too walk a very similar journey. Just a mere glimpse into the journey. However, how thankful to God I felt inside that it had finally happened. Exposure. More of a chip away at the stigma that surrounds epilepsy. I was sure that many were smiling, maybe even cheering last night.
I couldn’t help but to think…. We need more of this.
Why Does Epilepsy Awareness Need Televised?
- It breaks down the stigmas surrounding the condition.
- It helps the public have a greater understanding of Epilepsy
- It starts a conversation
- It helps those living with Epilepsy and caregivers not feel alone living with Epilepsy
- It builds confidence for those living with Epilepsy
- Epilepsy can happen to anyone so everyone needs to know about epilepsy
- Fundraisers, events, ways in which to help those in need must be televised
Do you have any additional reasons you’d like to list? I’d love to hear them!
If MTV can do it, surely MTV can do it again and perhaps other networks can support epilepsy awareness too! Allow for people around the country and around the world to tell their stories, share their journey, educate the public about epilepsy so that we can draw closer to a cure. It needs to happen, it deserves to happen!
I am so proud of both Kenzie and Tabitha for being so brave and so strong in stepping forward and sharing their journey with the world. They’re two incredible inspirations and I wish them both the very best with every step that they take.
It is my hope that television executives will take a look at this message and take this into consideration for the near future because as Christiane Amanpour said, “Good television can make our world a better place.”