“I can see the words hanging in front of me and I can’t reach them, and I don’t know who I am, and I don’t know what I’m going to lose next,” says Alice Howland, the main character in the new film “Still Alice,” which opens today nationwide.

The movie is based on the 2007 novel of the same name by Lisa Genova, who it turns out isn’t just a novelist. Before turning to writing fiction, Genova earned a PhD in neuroscience at Harvard University, and has since become an activist seeking to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological conditions that are too often misunderstood. 

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