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Tage voller Leben 
Maria Hagenschneider
Days Full of Life
Our shared time in hospice

What happens when someone moves into a hospice in order to die there? Maria Hagenschneider relates what happened when she moved into a hospice center with her mortally ill husband and lived there for a surprisingly long ten weeks, with all the highs and lows, challenges and opportunities for her personally and for them as a couple.

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Der Kampf geht weiter – Damit Frauen in Würde leben können 
Lea Ackermann
The Fight Goes On – So Women Can Live in Dignity
A biographical portrait by and with Michael Albus

»If Sister Lea Ackermann hadn’t ended up with the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa, she could have become a revolutionary or head of state. Her combination of a powerful sense of justice, outrage, and ability to take action is explosive,« proclaimed none other than the women’s magazine EMMA.

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Mein Löwenkind 
Elena Pirin
My Lion Cub
The Adventure of Raising a Child with a Handicap

Leo is a wonderful little person. He does just fine, just not at the pace that development tests and school plans expect. When Elena Pirin and her husband adopted a baby, they didn't realize their child was developmentally delayed. Leo showed shortcomings in coordination and cognition, and was far behind in learning. He was also plagued by unexpected panic attacks.

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Der große Abflug 
Sabine Mehne
The Great Departure
How I Lost the Fear of Death Through my near-death Experience

Dying doesn't have to be a deadly serious thing. After Sabine Mehne had a near-death experience during her battle with cancer, the thought of death no longer makes her worry. On the contrary, she now feels dying has to do with freedom, luminance, and yes, even joy.

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Der Straßensammler 
Peter Schmidt
The Street Collector
The Incredible Adventures of an Autistic World Traveler

Travel is by nature unpredictable. And autistic people hate unpredictability. That makes it all the more surprising that Peter Schmidt, diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, wants to collect all the roads of the world, but his longing and passion for collecting are stronger than the fear of the unknown.

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Ann Helena Neudek
Utterly Alone
The Scars of my Childhood and How I Found my Way in Life

»The beating had stopped. I cowered in the small tub. My mother sat in front of me and cried as she massaged her swollen hands.«

For years, Ann Helena Neudek was beaten and humiliated by her parents. From the outside they seemed to be a well-to-do, storybook family, but behind the facade violence and fear reigned. Depression and suicidal thoughts accompanied her into adulthood.

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Der lange Abschied 
Hans Jürgen Herber / Ulrich Beckers
The Long Goodbye
When my wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at 40

When a woman is diagnosed with an incurable illness at the age of forty and her husband pledges to stand by her side through everything and anything, it may seem self-evident. When this illness not only weakens his beloved wife, but also causes her to disappear as a person like a pencil drawing being erased right before his eyes, then it takes on an entirely different dimension.

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Mein Leben ohne mich 
Carola Thimm / Diana Müller
My Life Without Me
How I Experienced Five Years in a Coma

A personal story can hardly be more dramatic. Carola Thimm was five months pregnant when an aneurysm in her brain burst. She fell into a persistent vegetative state, was artificially fed, could not speak and did not respond to stimuli. Carola Thimm didn’t even experience the birth of her daughter. For five years she remained in this condition, until she slowly became conscious again.

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Felix Klieser
A French Horn Player Without Arms Conquers the World
In collaboration with Céline Lauer

As a four-year-old, Felix Klieser announced to his parents out of the blue: “I want a French horn!” Young Felix rejected the local music school’s suggestions to try a recorder or xylophone instead. Nothing other than a French horn would do, despite the fact that he was about as ill-suited for that instrument as he could possibly be: he was born without arms. But Felix took lessons and practiced like someone possessed. And he was successful.

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Kein Anschluss unter diesem Kollegen 
Peter Schmidt
This Connection Is Not in Service
An Autistic at Work

Even as a child, Peter Schmidt knew everything about planets, deserts and volcanoes. And earning his degree in geophysics was a breeze. But when he wants to turn his passion into a profession, the problems begin. He doesn’t recognize his colleagues’ faces, and he is so honest with clients that he undermines his boss’s marketing strategy. This is because Peter Schmidt has autism: highly gifted in his specialization, but socially handicapped.

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