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Als mich das Glück verriet

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"Sie sind schwanger" - für die meisten Frauen ist das eine wunderbare Nachricht. Doch für Yvonne ist es ein Albtraum. Denn nur zwei Monate zuvor haben die Ärzte bei ihr einen äußerst aggressiven Brustkrebs diagnostiziert. Und nun steht sie vor der schwierigsten Entscheidung, die man sich vorstellen kann. Soll sie das Baby behalten und die dringend nötige Behandlung unterbrechen, oder soll sie dem Appell der Ärzte folgen und das Kind abtreiben? Yvonne entscheidet sich für das kleine Wesen in ihr. Und so beginnt ein schmerzvoller Kampf um Leben und Tod.

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"Die berührende Geschichte einer mutigen Frau" Carolin Cegelski, Der Patriot, 24.03.2018

"Ein absolut lesenswertes Werk voller Gefühl und Ehrlichkeit!" Neue Post, 28.02.2018

"ergreifende Geschichte" Anna Hengstermann, Fernsehwoche, 23.02.2018

 
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Unser letzter Sommer mit Sophie

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Sophie ist ein lebenslustiges Kind: Sie singt, plantscht im Wasser, und am liebsten lässt sie sich vorlesen. Doch eines Tages zeigen sich verdächtige Knoten an ihrem Körper. Als die Ärzte eine Diagnose haben, ist es schon zu spät: Sophie leidet unheilbar an Krebs, ihr bleiben nur noch wenige Wochen. Wie alle Kinder glaubt auch Sophie, dass ihre Eltern allmächtig sind und sie beschützen werden, egal, was kommt. Aber gegen ihren Krebs gibt es kein Mittel. Erst Jahre später gelingt es Renate, die Zeichen der Versöhnung zu deuten, die Sophie ihr in ihren letzten Tagen gegeben hat.

Die berührende Geschichte einer Mutter, die den Glauben ans Leben zurückgewinnt, nachdem ihr das Wertvollste genommen wurde.

 
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Love and Laughter in the Time of Chemotherapy

Second Story Press


Manjusha Pawagi, a successful family court judge, has written a not-so-typical memoir about her experience with cancer. Wryly funny and stubbornly hopeful, this is her quirky take on what it's like to face your own mortality when, to be honest, you thought you'd live forever. She describes how even the darkest moments of life can be made worse with roommates; details how much determination it takes to ignore the statistics; and answers the age-old question: what does it take to get a banana popsicle around here?

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... candid and often funny... Pawagi's inexhaustable sense of humour does not neutralize so much as complicate her terror and despair... Love and Laughter in the Time of Chemotherapy is full of such revelations, which emerge from among minute details as is often the case with memoirs, but their frequency and richness here is due largely to the author's honesty.

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Manjusha Pawagi was a journalist, children's author and lawyer before being appointed a family court judge in 2009. Her children's book The Girl Who Hated Books is an international bestseller, translated into more than a dozen languages and made into an award-winning animated short by the National Film Board of Canada. She lives in Toronto with her husband Simon and children Jack and Anna.

 
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Amazing Medical Stories

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The twenty true tales in Amazing Medical Stories give a rich and entertaining picture of the ways in which medical workers (both real and fake) have used the keys to the mysterious kingdom of life: health, disease, and physical anomaly, birth, death, and post-mortem diagnosis. The stories run the gamut from tragedy to hilarity, from satisfaction of curiosity to evocation of terrible pity. Amazing Medical Stories deals with quacks and charlatans, the giants Angus McAskill and Anna Swan, the first case of antisocial personality disorder, as well as wonderous inventions and achievements by physicians.

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"Medical stories amaze, amuse."

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"Interesting... ‘The Physicians on Titanic,’ ‘The Undertakers and the Titanic Disaster,’ and ’The Halifax Explosion: Taking Care of the Victims,’ these three compelling tales combined are reason enough to want to read this book."

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Dr. George Burden is a general practitioner in Elmsdale, Nova Scotia. His stories on medical history appear frequently in the Medical Post, and he is also a contributor to Reader's Digest, Stitches Magazine of Medical Humour, the Halifax Sunday Herald, and the St. John's Telegram.

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Dorothy Grant worked as a registered nurse in Halifax and New York, and later turned to journalism. With consumer affairs as her beat, she became a Halifax radio and TV personality. In the 1990s, she did communications work for the Medical Society of Nova Scotia, and at the same time she published more than 60 articles in the Medical Post. Her byline is familiar to readers of Family Practice Magazine, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, and the Halifax Chronicle-Herald.

 
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But Hope is Longer

Second Story Press


When Tamara Levine received her breast cancer diagnosis, in a state of shock, she decided to inform her friends and colleagues by writing to them. That letter was the first of thirteen communications she calls her healing journey. As well as sharing the letters, Tamara tells us what she learned maneuvering through the black hole of cancer treatment. Tamara discusses vulnerabilities and fears, the impact of both financial and personal supports, the need to make choices, and the necessity for advocacy. A key addition are the voices of Tamara’s health care providers, including her oncologist, who wade in further, outlining options and critiquing the system. This combines with Tamara's insights and strategies to form a resource that individuals and families struggling with cancer will find invaluable.

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Tamara Levine is a long-time adult educator, literacy activist, and feminist. She has worked with unions and employers to pioneer workplace literacy and clear language initiatives across Canada with the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Canadian Labour Congress. She retired from her job in 2011 following breast cancer, treatment, and recovery. She lives in Ottawa.

 
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My Leaky Body

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Her weakest moment spawned a crusade for change. Julie Devaney takes on a journey through the health care system as she is diagnosed and treated for ulcerative colitis. In and out of emergency rooms in Vancouver and Toronto, she's poked, prodded, and abandoned to a closet at one point, bearing the helplessness and indignities of a system that seems hell-bent on victimizing the sick. Raw, harrowing, and darkly funny, My Leaky Body argues convincingly for fixes to the system and better training for all medical personnel. As she recovers, she sets out to do just that: setting up a gurney on stage at workshops and conferences across the country to teach Bedside Manners 101 and to advocate for repairs to the system. Part memoir, part love story, part revolutionary manifesto, My Leaky Body is politicially astute, gooey like cake batter, and raw like ulcerated bowels. Devaney writes the book that will heal her aching heart and relax her strictured rectum as she weaves stories from professional and public interactions with tales from her gurney.

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"Julie Devaney's startling tale of illness and resistance is gripping, angry, sharply funny, and eye-opening. She tells what it's like to be a leaky body, to live with a debilitating embodied condition that has consequences not just in her health care but in all her personal and social relationships. Julie is by turns filled with 'terror, pain and disgust,' expected to feel guilt and shame, and yet always sustained by an extraordinarily productive anger. Her condition opens up a commitment to health care advocacy that culminates in her exciting workshop performances in My Leaky Body. It's a revelation to get an insight into her lived experience that is sure to find resonances in all of us."

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"If literature is the artist vulnerable, then writer Julie Devaney has created art out of the unlikeliest of mediums: ulcerative colitis. ... This is a unique work, utterly original; raw, authentic and hungry."

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"My Leaky Body is self-aware without being self-pitying. It is empowering without being condescending and it is a strong, new young woman's voice in Canadian non-fiction. This book will resonate whether you're reading it on a stretcher in the closet of a hospital too full to house you, or curled up in bed or in a café."

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"Devaney's writing talent turns emergency-room neglect into poetry... She is one of the few individuals brave enough to complain without blaming. Her courage is raw."

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"Powerful, moving, enlightening, and funny, My Leaky Body should be required reading for med students and all health care professionals and for anyone who has had to navigate the health care system."

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"Devaney's vision is of a world where health care is fully funded, and where med students are taught good manners, where sick people are comforted, not warehoused. ... This dream should not only come true in theatres and books — but all across Canada."

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"Activist Julie Devaney uses her own experiences with colitis to criticize the health care system and the insensitivity of medical professionals as she's dragged through what she dubs 'hospital purgatory.' The conversational material rings scarily true and blends ironic humour with chilling realities. Moments of fantasy — she's visited by health care saint Tommy Douglas and opens her heart to Shania Twain — mix with concerns about having sex and the trials she suffers at the hands of caregivers and insurance companies. There is no question that Devaney is brave not only to tell her story but also to put herself onstage."

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"She has written a rare, profoundly honest and comforting book recommended for anyone enduring the demoralizing maze that is the health care system. ... we understand the rage induced by a consistent lack of empathy, and struggle in solidarity as she attempts to reclaim her body and her life. ... In giving us her rage, humour and fallibility, Devaney has perfectly highlighted our cultural fear of frankly discussing the reality of illness. She knows that we often live in a state of paranoia, attempting to hide from the inevitability of our own decay. We should be grateful she has done us the service of delivering every ugly detail of what she has endured, opening up a comforting conversation, giving her harrowing experience meaning, and utilizing it to empower others."

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"Part memoir, part manifesto, Julie Devaney's profoundly honest new book should be required reading for anyone who may ever have to visit a hospital — which mean, in effect, everyone. ... moving and genuinely inspirational."

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"A complicated story told in a compelling way. ... with aching prose and wry humour, she shares the intimacies of her life and offers a glimpse into her rage and determination. ... It is a must-read for each of us who thinks there are definite answers to medical problems. It is a must-read for those who think that chronic illness must surely get easier to bear. And, yes, it is a must-read for medical professionals. ... There are exquisite pieces of wisdom in this book."

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"My Leaky Body is many things at once: it is a critical investigation of healthcare culture, an activist's handbook, a real-life horror story, and a provoking confessional memoir."

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"My Leaky Body is amazing and cutting edge. Julie is courageous to engage in this type of work which is testing the boundaries of traditional scientific approaches to health care research. Julie's performance work is vulnerable, touching, deep and real. It is reflective of how our current health care system can at times be. I think it is a unique approach and creates a gut impact. If you are a practitioner, policy maker or a patient, you must see her performance."

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"This book is one that anyone treating chronic disease should read, as a patient viewpoint reminder and a frank, honest, angry, and often funny demonstration of how our policies, actions, and discussions aren't always received by patients in the way we hope. It is extremely well written in a candid and un-self-conscious style, but I was most impressed by what Julie Devaney has herself taken on in her real life. She has used her story and her experiences in courageous and innovative performances to improve the lot of other patients to come."

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"My Leaky Body... lays bare the deficiencies in health care, creating somewhat of a road map for others who want to/must transform the system. This is a brave, daring, tell-all book filled with raw courage."

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"Brave, honest, touching, and truly hilarious, My Leaky Body can help unite medical professionals and patients to make health care the best it can be."

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"With television filled with fictional shows about life as a doctor — from ER to Grey's Anatomy — it is refreshing and insightful to see a performance about the reality of life as a patient. This intimate account blends anger and humour to reclaim the role as subject, not object. For those who think we have already achieved patient-centered care, this is a wake-up call."

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"I've often thought the only way people like me can really know what it's like to be a patient is to become one. Or take lessons from Toronto writer Julie Devaney who spent five years in and out of hospital."

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Julie Devaney is a patient-expert in the fields of disability rights advocacy and health care delivery. She is the author of the critically acclaimed show and educational workshop series My Leaky Body, which she has performed at medical schools, nursing conferences, disability and women's studies conferences, arts festivals, and theatres throughout Canada, in the US, and the UK, including a successful run at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto.

 
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Sea Trial

ECW Press


An adventure story set against the backdrop of a son trying to understand his father

After a 25-year break from boating, Brian Harvey circumnavigates Vancouver Island with his wife, his dog, and a box of documents that surfaced after his father’s death. John Harvey was a neurosurgeon, violinist, and photographer who answered his door a decade into retirement to find a sheriff with a summons. It was a malpractice suit, and it did not go well. Dr. Harvey never got over it. The box contained every nurse’s record, doctor’s report, trial transcript, and expert testimony related to the case. Only Brian’s father had read it all — until now.

In this beautifully written memoir, Brian Harvey shares how after two months of voyaging with his father’s ghost, he finally finds out what happened in the O.R. that crucial night and why Dr. Harvey felt compelled to fight the excruciating accusations.

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“Sea Trial is a riveting account of two intertwined voyages of adventure and introspection. Brian Harvey writes with wit, intelligence, dry modesty and high style as he tells the stories of a hazardous and difficult sea passage and an exploration of his father’s long-ago malpractice trial. A fascinating and wholly engaging book.” — Derek Lundy, author of the bestselling Godforsaken Sea

"Sea Trial is gripping from the very first page. You need to be a good navigator to circumnavigate Vancouver Island, with a ragged western coastline known as the Graveyard of the Pacific. You also need to be a skilled writer to navigate the shoals, cross-currents, and uncertain weathers of such an ambitious floating memoir. Brian Harvey is both." — Gary Geddes, author of the bestselling Sailing Home and Medicine Unbundled

“Harvey has serious skills, and his riveting story is impossible to put down.” — Cruising World

“Brian Harvey’s Sea Trial defies easy description. In fact, that is exactly one of its – considerable — strengths . . . With a sharp eye for telling detail, and inventive language, Harvey is a writer who knows how to fix on the less to evoke the more.” — The Ormsby Review

 
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Traumakinder

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Albträume, Bindungsängste oder Erschöpfungsgefühle - jeder Dritte leidet heute unter einer seelischen Erkrankung. Was nur wenige wissen: Ursache können die unverarbeiteten Kriegserlebnisse unserer Eltern und Großeltern sein. Anhand von wissenschaftlich fundierten Fallgeschichten zeigt Arzt und Therapeut Jens-Michael Wüstel, wie wir unser Erinnerungserbe als Aufgabe verstehen und Schuldverstrickungen innerlich auflösen. Denn wer nicht bereit ist, aus der Geschichte zu lernen, ist dazu verdammt, sie zu wiederholen.

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"Faszinierend und spannend zu lesen." Dagmar Jestrzemski, Preußische Allgemeine Zeitung, 01.09.2017

 
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Lebe!

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Ein Leben im Klinikbett, schwindende Kräfte - oder in der Sonne an der Gracht sitzen und Kaffee trinken, studieren, arbeiten, leben? Das eine ein bisschen länger, das andere ein bisschen kürzer, aber genau kann das keiner sagen. Laura ist erst zwanzig Jahre alt, aber sie kennt ihren Krebs schon. Nun ist er zurück, und es wird endgültig sein. Was ist wichtiger: Zeit oder Lebensqualität?

"Ein berührendes, ein mutiges Buch! Laura lehnt weitere invasive Therapien ab und bleibt so Autorin ihres Lebens - wir können alle von ihr lernen". Angelika Kallwass

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"Eine wahre Geschichte, die sehr berührt." Bildwoche, 13.05.2015

 
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Die Schönheitschirurgie boomt. Immer mehr Menschen nutzen die Möglichkeiten der modernen Medizin, um sich in ihrem Körper wieder wohlfühlen zu können. Doch nicht immer ist das Ergebnis das erhoffte – in »Mein Busen« schildert die Autorin, wie aus einem plastischen Eingriff ein Kriminalfall wurde. Die Ausgangslage: eine Hyperthrophie, ein übergroßes Wachstum der Brust. Der Tatort: ein renommiertes Universitätsklinikum. Die Verdächtigen: Operateure und Skalpell. Opfer und ermittelnde Detektivin: die Patientin. Diese, selbst mit abgeschlossenem Medizinstudium und entsprechender Fachkenntnis, geht dem Grund ihrer missglückten Brustverkleinerung nach. Akribisch und unnachgiebig ermittelt sie, um hinter Hierarchien, Qualifikationen und menschlichen Schwächen des Falles Lösung zu finden. Eine amüsante Mischung aus kompetenten Informationen und scharfzüngig kommentierter Reality-Doku. Ebenso eine nützliche Anleitung für den Umgang mit Ärzten, nicht nur den Vertretern der Plastischen Chirurgie.

 
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