Brea wanted to open people's eyes to the illness, and make a film that served as a "rally cry" for anyone living with it who can't advocate for themselves. "I had always turned to novels and stories to understand what I was going through, and explain my experience to myself," she says. "When this happened to me, I suddenly felt like I didn’t have a story, and a profound sense of loneliness, isolation came from that." While bedridden, Brea directed a documentary, called Unrest
, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and won a Special Jury Prize for editing. The reaction from within the ME/CFS community, Brea says, has been overwhelming.