Ann Webster on Mind/Body Medicine, her patients, and Everything Matters
Health psychologist Dr. Ann Webster was in the midst of a very different, thriving career when a loved one's cancer first brought her into the world of hospital care and people facing a terminal diagnosis.
It was an experience that changed her life.
In the darkest days of the AIDS crisis, when medicine had few answers and the illness was often met with hostility, neglect, and ignorance, Ann Webster became a therapist and advocate for a community under siege.
In 1987, she joined the staff of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is Director Emerita of the BHI Cancer Program, with a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School, and maintains a demanding schedule as an author, lecturer, and teacher in addition to her patient care work.
Webster and the filmmakers first discussed the stories of some of her remarkable patients. What she never imagined was being in front of the camera herself; her story and tireless commitment to those facing devastating illness form a central element this uplifting documentary film.