Health psychologist Dr. Ann Webster was in the midst of a very different, thriving career when a loved one's illness first brought her into the world of hospital care and people facing a life-threatening or terminal diagnosis.
It was an experience that changed her life.
In the dark, early 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 powerful therapist-advocate for a community under siege. She went on to pioneer programs for patients with cancer around the world.
In 1987, she joined the staff of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, with a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School. She is now Director Emerita of the BHI Cancer Program, retiring after 30 years of service in supporting thousands of patients and a demanding schedule as an author and lecturer.
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 own story and tireless commitment to those facing devastating illness are a central element of these stories of hope.