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Blick über die linke Schulter einer Patientin. Ihr am Tisch gegenüber sitzt eine Ärztin im weißen Kittel, die sie anlächeltt.

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Patient's perspective

Unfortunately, most 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 (2011), she describes her experience and her approach to rehabilitation.

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.

Literature: Du stirbst nicht (You're Not Going to Die)

The writer Kathrin Schmidt was awarded the 2009 German Book Prize for her fiction novel "Du stirbst nicht (You're Not Going to Die)", which incorporates her own experience as a patient after a cerebral hemorrhage in 2002.
Kathrin Schmidt on

Film: Am seidenen Faden (By 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.
"Am seidenen Faden" on

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.
Interview with Meike Mittmeyer-Riehl on (German)
"Der Spalt" by Meike Mittmeyer-Riehl on

Film: My Beautiful Broken Brain

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.
"My Beautiful Broken Brain" on