A friend of ours came into our office and told us about this reoccurring dream she had while going through chemo for breast cancer. In her dream, she’s with her family at an amusement park. She’s drawn to this roller coaster ride, but when she gets in line she realizes that only her gate opens – she has to take this ride alone. As the coaster jolts forward, it’s now dark outside and the track is dimly lit. She can’t see the twists or turns….or peaks and valleys. This will be the ride of her life as she’s literally fighting for her life.
We weren’t quite sure what to do with this “dream” and it’s powerful metaphor, but we knew we needed to film it. We co-wrote the music as well as produced the accompanying documentary. Maybe it could be used somehow to identify with women going through the frightening journey of breast cancer. Maybe when they find themselves in some dark hole…and afraid…it would be a welcoming friend that communicates they’re not alone.
Fortunately, it found a “home”. So we produced it, handed it over, and then watched as it was distributed through a variety of networks.
This all took place two years ago. I continue to be overwhelmed at the responses that have come pouring in from all over the country and beyond. This haunting dream, a passion to communicate it on film, writing the song, documenting the production, and watching the end product land on the shelves and libraries of schools, hospitals, cancer centers, counseling centers, churches, literally hundreds of related websites, broadcast on media outlets, etc….ALL of this has once again reminded me of why we do what we do.