Thunder Blanket: Episode 4

Amid conflicting advice from doctors and traditional healers, Roxann prepares for her double mastectomy.
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Thunder Blanket: Episode 4

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Thunder Blanket is a 5-part series that explores a young Aboriginal woman’s battle against breast cancer and the complexity of being a traditionalist searching for a cure in a modern world.

RUNTIME: 00:14:19

Frustrated by the lack of answers from her doctors, and the apparent failure of her chemotherapy treatment, Roxann is persuaded to undergo a double mastectomy in hopes of removing the cancer from her body once and for all. The procedure, which will involve the complete removal and eventual reconstruction of her breast tissue, quickly becomes a source of tremendous anxiety, confusion, and humiliation for Roxann, especially after only just beginning to recover from the traumatic experience of losing her hair. More palpable solace comes from the traditional healers, who help her to learn to gradually let go of her grief and anxiety. Counting down the days until the end of the treatment, Roxann and her family yearn for life to return to normal.

For more, watch Thunder Blanket Episode 1, Episode 2Episode 3 and Episode 5.