Before All Others

Synopsis: A young woman's world is turned upside down when she is struck with a paralyzing disease and forced to live with her estranged grandmother who she hasn't seen since she was a little girl. Rose, a widowed and lonely senior, finds a new purpose in life: to fix a 20-year-old family secret.
Genre: Family
86 min


You must be Katie.

Hi, I'm Rachel.

So what grade are you in?


Fifth, do you like school?

It's okay.

It's okay, what do you

wanna be when you grow up?

I think I wanna be a doctor

or maybe a singer.

Oh, well there is no rush to decide.

Thank you.




Let's take a look inside, shall we?

There you go.


A little wider please.



Oh, I'm sorry.

Hey, let's see if we can do

something about the pain, all right?

You know, when I was your age

I hated going to the dentist.

But when I was your age we did not have

these cool medications

to take the pain away.

There we go.

All right, that should do it.


We're gonna need to run more tests.

Your blood pressure is elevated

and your heart rate

is higher than normal.

And how have you been feeling lately?


I've been a little fatigued, but my

schedule's been pretty hectic lately.

Have you had any cold

or flu symptoms at all?

I had a stomach bug a few weeks ago,

but it went away.


I'd like you to sit back on the table

and see if you could get your legs

all the way up there.

Okay, I'm gonna roll one of your

pant legs up and then put these

little pads on there for you.

Now you're gonna feel some of these

electrical impulses,

but they won't be bad.

And you didn't feel any

light-headedness during your stumbling?


My hands and feet felt a little numb

and my legs are still weak,

but I didn't have

breakfast this morning.

Okay, you can roll your pant leg down.

Now this meter here,

it's measuring the speed

at which the electrical impulses

are traveling through your nerves.

Now in your case, they are traveling...

Slower than they should be.

This is usually indicating that you have

some sort of abnormal pressure

on the nerves in your legs there.

I'd like to order an MRI and

some additional blood work.

We'll call you as soon

as we get the results.

Should I be worried?

Now what good would that do?

Jacob, hey, you get taller

every time I see you.

What can I say?

All right, climb in.

So how is school?

The same.


Are you still playing baseball?

Yeah, but my coach doesn't

play me very often.

I'm glad to hear that, I would hate to

see that perfect smile

get ruined by a ball.

My dad's gonna let me try out

for pee wee football next year.


Hey no, why don't you try

out for the Chess Club?

The what?

Never mind.

All right, let's get a look

at those pearly whites

while you still got them.

Are you okay?

I don't think so.

Someone help!

I can still smell you in these.

Those old things?

You should throw them away.


I thought you were gonna

clean out this old place.

I haven't had time.

The house takes a lot of upkeep.

Why don't you get some help?

I've been thinking about it.

You know what next week is?

Of course, it's our anniversary.

It's the only date I care to remember.

I miss holding you.

We'll be together again.

I know, someday.


Yes, Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

It's an auto immune disorder.

It's pretty rare, but most patients

find they get a full recovery.

What causes it?

We're really not sure.

Basically your immune cells

begin to attack

your healthy cells mistaking them

for some foreign invader like bacteria.

Then your nerve cells become damaged to

the point where they can't communicate

properly with your muscles.

Can I take medication for it?

Not in the traditional sense.

The recovery process

can take a few months

and depending on the severity,

could take up to a year.

But again, with physical therapy,

98% of our patients see a full recovery.

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Craig McMahon

Craig McMahon is an Australian actor and television personality who has spent most of his working life within the Australian television industry. He has worked as a presenter on the Network Ten's children's show Totally Wild and previously, with his wife Dominique, he co-hosted the children's TV series In the Box. He has worked on other shows including Neighbours, Fat Cow Motel and The Man From Snowy River. He was nominated as a finalist for Cleo's Bachelor of the Year in 2000. He and his wife Dominique co-founded the Film & Television Studio International, which runs acting classes in Brisbane and Melbourne. McMahon is the founder and artistic director whilst his wife is the co-founder and managing director. McMahon also runs McMahon Management (MCM), an agency that represents Australian actors including Luke Mitchell, Esther Jackie Anderson, Gabrielle Fitzpatrick, Daniel Daperis, Glenda Linscott, Mauricio Merino Jr, Chris Milligan and Andrew James Morley. more…

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