Imagine living life where you couldn’t eat 98% of the world’s foods! Or, having to hide often because you looked, um, weird because, one moment, you’re looking and feeling, “normal,” but suddenly, and for what appears to be no reason at all, you find yourself unable to breath, swelling and becoming distorted in the features–that would be straight out of a movie, yes?! And, yes, that would be the, “Life Without A Fork,” movie! Told from the point of view of survivors with varying forms of angioedema, and from all over the globe, and inclusive of emotional support from some heavy hitting celebrities, we bring to you this film so that it may be used as a tool for learning to survive idiopathic angioedema, provide a sense of comfort in knowing that, as in the case with 81-year-old co-star, Jackie griffith, one can live a long time while living with an affliction that seems to threaten one’s life almost daily and, far too often, multiple times throughout any one given day.

There are some people who are going to join us on this documented journey through Swellville because they can relate–they have angioedema, mast cell activation disorders, hives and anaphylaxis, just like much of the cast in our film! Emmy Award winning producer and co-star, Deb Whitcas, does well in articulating how scary things became for her due to an over-exposure to peanut butter (seriously, cool woman and the best story–Deb is high energy, she’s Hollywood!) ;)) Many others will watch along because they have family members, friends and other loved ones who are living with the above-mentioned chronic conditions and want to know what others are doing to live with and manage these situations, as well. And, finally, others spectators will find these disorders the fascinating, bizarro rare, unpredictable, genetically modifying and expanding (genetic tie-ins being a huge proponent of what our advocacy’s research is pursuing) that they are and more!

Starring the film’s creator, writer, producer and global advocate for the rare conditions, idiopathic angioedema, and mast cell activation disorders, Vanessa Williams, along with leading angioedema specialist and head researcher of US HAEA Center at UCSD, San Diego, Dr. Marc Riedl, life without a fork is the first ever feature length film of it’s kind.

This online screening for the film, prior to its red carpet release, will be hosted on 21 – 30 November 2017 from 11:00 PM PDT!.

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.


Thanks to all who are interested in this life changing project. We appreciate you!


FilmYou! Productions in Association with Cali Girl Entertainment.

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

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Source: Documentary

Published by lifewithoutafork

In 2006, I was diagnosed with the rare and potentially fatal condition known as Idiopathic Angioedema, a histamine mediated condition that causes swelling and similar symptoms that can be brought on by little to no reason. Angioedema’s Idiopathic form is different from other forms of Angioedema in that it is not known to be of a hereditary accumulated and any specific genetic tie-ins and causes are generally unknown. A few years following my initial diagnoses I began to put intentional efforts towards advocating for cause and cure for both myself and all others that have been diagnosed with this detrimental condition. For the last eight years I have personally and with very little help, funded our advocacy efforts–in every spectrum, grown and withheld an international community base, spoken at health expos, in local schools and more about this condition, as well as written, filmed, edited, and produced 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 and very recently discovered that, in addition to my nephew who was diagnosed before me, I have a brother, two sisters and an aunt who have all experienced both acute and chronic cases of idiopathic angioedema. In 2014 I coined the phrase, #The80Percent as a means of distinguishing our number and the need for right attention for the largest group of people living with this rare condition, the idiopathics! 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. 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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