My name is Bernardo Villela, I am twenty-four years old and I have Classic MSD. My daily routine is rather simple. I have my formula three times a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. I watch my protein intake never consuming more than twelve grams per day. MSD is not something I think of that much because I don’t feel it really impedes me. I haven’t really felt that MSD has complicated my life since I was very young. I haven’t been hospitalized in eleven years, and the last time was due in part to the fact that I had chicken pox. The way I look at it, and what I usually tell people, is that I have a special diet because that’s all it feels like most of the time.

I recently graduated from C.W. Post- Long Island University with a BFA in Film. During my two years there I was on the honor roll three out of four semesters and made the Deans List in my senior year. I had previously attended Fairleigh Dickinson University- Madison for four years where I became well versed in film theory and screenwriting before transferring to C.W. Post to focus on the production aspects of film.

This summer I wrote and directed Suffer the Little Children a non-commercial, non-exclusive adaptation of the Stephen King short story by the same name. I acquired the rights over a year ago and lead the film from casting all the way through to the final edit. The film will be going on the festival circuit in 2006 ( I am currently employed at Stonestreet Studios in New York, as a director, editor and instructor. Stonestreet is a conservatory which teaches film acting to theater students and works in conjunction with New York University - Tisch School of the Performing Arts.

The older I’ve gotten the less I’ve thought about MSD. Sometimes I go for days without even thinking about the fact that I have it. I take good care of myself and am very aware of what I need to do to keep my levels down. All in all I haven’t let MSD get in the way of what I want to accomplish. I’ve set goals for myself and I’m determined to achieve them.

Melvin Carruth

This letter is a tribute to my brother Melvin Carruth! We believe he is one of the oldest living African Americans with Maple Syrup Urine Disease.

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