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Du wachst auf, und dein Leben ist weg 
Max Rinneberg / Ulrich Beckers
You Wake Up and Your Life is Gone
The story of my memory loss
With Ulrich Beckers

The 17-year old Max Rinneberg lost his memory after he fell down the stairs. When he woke up in hospital, he didn´t recognize his parents and friends anymore. He even didn´t get anything out of his former hobbies like running marathon or playing soccer. Although he can still speak and write and knows everyday objects, he has lost his episodic memory, the archive of the personal history.

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Magere Jahre 
Nicole Knörr
Lean Years
How I overcame my eating disorder

When Nicole Knörr was 13 years old she started eating less and less. With the progression of her anorexia, she only consumed 300ml of non-fat broth with which you cannot survive. When her body temperature fell to under 34° Celsius and she felt nothing more than inner bone-chilling coldness, she is rushed to hospital. Just one day later would probably have meant too late. But the now 20 year- old is a fighter. She overcomes her disease and several throwbacks and now wants to become a psychiatrist to help other people affected

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Ich schreib dir einfach weiter 
Susanne Preusker
I Will Just Keep Texting
Text messages of saying goodbye

Gabi and Tine are best friends. When Tine is diagnosed with cancer and later moves into a hospice, they text each other heart wrenching, encouraging and sad messages. The fragmentary style of this exceptional correspondence has its own charm. The text messages are framed by no less touching comments from Susanne Preusker.

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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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Kinderseelenallein 
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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