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‘X-Files’ Movie Inspires Woman With Rare Neurological Disorder

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Gillian Anderson, star of the movie "X-Files: I Want to Believe."AP

Kathy Green can barely walk.

In fact, she uses a wheelchair much of the time, but when she enters the movie theater Friday to see the much anticipated “X-Files: I Want to Believe” movie, she will use her crutches for the painful ordeal.

Green, 51, of San Diego, was born with arthrogryposis, a rare neurological disorder that causes joint contractions and muscle weakness, reported the Los Angeles Times Thursday. It’s a congenital disease, and she spends most of her time in bed.

Green is a die-hard “X-Files” fan, and she credits the former FOX TV series and actress Gillian Anderson, who portrays FBI agent Dana Scully, with giving her “life-affirming courage.”

“The walk (to the theater) will be the culmination of where I’ve been headed the last few years,” Green told the Los Angeles Times. “Gillian’s short like me, but she’s so strong, and the way she plays Scully gave me the inspiration to get out of bed and live life. I was isolated and frightened, and she pulled me up.”

As a result of the disease, Green’s bones and joints did not develop properly. She is only four-feet, six inches tall, and other health problems have afflicted her back and spine, making it difficult for her to move around.

A few years ago, a fall caused even more damage to her bones and legs. She became dazed by pain medication, and succumbed to depression.

“I didn’t want to do anything, I couldn’t do anything,” Green said.

Then, she came across a repeat episode of “The X-Files” on TV. She said she felt an instant connection with Anderson.

“Here was this small woman taking on the bad guys, so strong and full of life,” Green said. “I feel that so much of what’s inside of Gillian and Scully is inside of me. I couldn’t take my eyes off of her. When she was running, I was right there, running with her.”

Green bought the entire series on DVD, and earlier this year she had the opportunity to travel to the WonderCon conference in San Francisco where Anderson and co-star David Duchovny made a guest appearance.

“This movie has given her something to look forward to,” said Green’s niece, Tiffany Evans. “She’s taken the initiative to do a lot of things she hadn’t done before. It’s truly remarkable.”

Click here to read the full story from the Los Angeles Times and to see a picture of Green.