Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Golden Girls for the Win!

I grew up watching the Golden Girls in the 80's and was always drawn to the sharp and dry sense of humour, of Dorothy, played by Bea Arthur. So it seems rather apt that the character of Dorothy should should have a story line that would mimic my life nearly 20 years later.

This video has been making the rounds again on the chronic illness boards and with good reason. Although this episode of the Golden Girls screened way back in 1987, it continues to be relevant and representation of what many of us go through in the search for answers today*. Whilst Dorothy is eventually diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, this video is for anyone with a complex and poorly understood disorder.



I think that last cathartic scene in particular, is what many of us want to have. Maybe I should send this to Dr Arsehole who first told me it was all in my head? Dorothy is far more articulate, and uses less expletives than I probably would in the same circumstances.

Cheers
Michelle :)

*Susan Harris the creator of The Golden Girls, was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome whilst writing the series. That personal experience definitely shines through in this episode and explains the authenticity and timelessness of this piece. Something which is often missing in other depictions of illnesses on the big and small screen.

3 comments:

  1. I cheered! I've never seen this vid and it was nothing short of wonderful. Thanks so much for posting. :-)

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    1. That last scene is just so good. It's just amazing how little has really changed over the intervening years such that the episode still resonates so strongly with so many.

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  2. Thanks for posting this, I sent it to my Dr.

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