Patient's Perspective

Unfortunately, all of the following books, films and other sources are available in German only.

Video: Day to Day Ergotherapy

Gabo suffered a stroke in 2007. Her goal is to provoke people "to take their rehabilitation seriously, because so many things can get better." In her video, she describes her experience and her approach to rehabilitation.
Website including video


Internet: Tettricks

Georg Claus runs the information portal "Tettricks" providing extensive information for people with acquired brain damage and their families. In 2004 he suffered a brain stem infarction. Since thenhe  has become nearly completely paralyzed and can no longer speak.
Website tettricks


Literature: Du stirbst nicht (You do not die)

The writer Kathrin Schmidt was awarded the 2009 German Book Prize for her fiction novel "You don’t die", which incorporates her own experience as a patient after a cerebral hemorrhage in 2002.
Wikipedia article


Film: Am seidenen Faden (On a Silken Thread)

After the stroke of cellist Boris Baberkoff his wife, the director Katarina Peters, snaches up the video camera and starts a kind of video diary. What began merely as a means to overcome the crisis became a document of coping with life-altering changes.


Interview: Stroke at the age of 24
Literature: Der Spalt (The Gap)

Meike Mittmeyer-Riehl was young, sporty, and loathed cigarettes. Nevertheless, she suffered a stroke. The interview with the German newspaper FAZ as well as her book "Der Spalt" deal with the illness, the question why, and the embarrassment.


Film: My beautiful broken brain (engl. OV)

The film is 34 year old Lotje Sodderland's personal voyage into the complexity, fragility and wonder of her own brain following a life changing hemorrhagic stroke.

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