Graduation Date

5-2017

Document Type

Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Communication and Media Studies

Department or Program Chair

Bradley Van Alstyne, M.A.

First Reader

John Duvall, Ph.D.

Second Reader

Christopher Leeds, Ph.D.

Abstract

Dermatomyositis is a rare autoimmune disease that affects a very small percentage of the population, close to 10 cases per million, according to the National Organization of Rare Disorders (NORD). The amount of men that are diagnosed with this disease are even smaller. However, hardly anyone knows what Dermatomyositis is, let alone what its side effects are. The purpose of this research paper is to exploit the severity of Dermatomyositis for those who are unaware of its existence, characteristics and significance within the health community. In doing so, I hope to create awareness throughout society by also telling my father’s story through a narrative documentary, as he is currently living with Dermatomyositis.

Through better communication and further research on Dermatomyositis, awareness will increase, more studies can be conducted, and improvements can be made toward the rehabilitation process for the affected individuals. This is why I will be creating a narrative documentary to further exemplify the details in my paper. I will go into more detail regarding my father’s story, connecting all dots to my research. Those who doubt the validity of the information provided will question my degree of membership and credibility. However, by maintaining professionalism and informative research to back up my personal connections and experiences, I will establish my reliability and validity.

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