Denise sits in her wheelchair on a beach. She is waring ankle, knee and wrist braces. Also she wears white pants, a blue shirt and red lipstick. Her hair are red and short. In the background is the ocean and some green grass.
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30 doctors have been wrong for 12 years: The medical odyssey of Denise B.

Denise lived with excruciating pain. Her skin was covered in hematomas and no doctor could help her. It was twelve years later, when the surprising diagnosis was revealed, and it came close to salvation. Early in Denise’s life doctors…
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Collaborative Work: Journos From The Blog

In 2018, I started to study "international journalism" at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland. For my first assignment in the cross-platform module, I was part of a group project with five other students from all around the world.  Let…
Medical marijuana flowers on table

Pain medication, legalized marijuana and chronic illness

I spoke to Monica who lives with a rare and painful illness called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Find out how she copes with the daily problems, what medication she takes, and what it means to her to live in CA where marijuana is now completely legal. Bild:…
A bottle of Care by Design medical cannabis on a table
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Medical marijuana - a medication in CA, and a drug in Germany

Germany and the US have many apparent differences. However, the gap couldn’t be larger in terms of people discussing marijuana, especially for medical use. Uncountable patients that suffer from chronic pain live in Germany, and many of them…
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Living with medical marijuana as a German in California

What happens if you move from Germany to San Francisco without proper pain medication? You try cannabis for the first time! If you want to read this article, it is available at: Journos From The Blog Interested in learning more about medical…
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"Why can’t I just stay in bed?" - Seeing life through the eyes of a chronically ill child

Seeing the world through the eyes of a child helps some grown-ups to change their attitude towards life, but what happens if this child lives with a severe chronic illness and endures obstacles many adults never have to bear. Marlon* is eight…
This picture shows a young boy standing on a skiing slope with a ski on his one remaining leg. Additionally, he has two supportive smaller skis on his arms. He has red cheeks, wears a helmet and smiles
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Skiing pro Christoph races downhill on one leg

Neumarkt resident Christoph Glötzner was in an accident when he was only three years old. His dream: Attending the Paralympics someday. For eight years Christoph has been racing downhill on one leg. The 13-year-old explains how he has learned…
Screenshot of the personal essay about Karina Sturm's life with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. It shows Karina standing on a bridge close to the pacific ocean looking thoughtful. She wears a black jacket and a black beanie

My struggle to feel deserving of love as a woman with chronic illness

Living with a chronic illness inspired me to write about other people that share my fate. However, I also publish very personal essays about my life with chronic illness. Read on The Mighty why I struggled to feel deserving of love:  My struggle…
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Scientific Publication

While working in research, I published these two scientific articles:  STURM, Karina U., et al. Crystallization and preliminary crystallographic analysis of an Ig-domain-encompassing fragment of the giant adhesion protein SiiE from Salmonella…
This picture shows a simplified illustration of the RCCX gene locus which includes Tenascin XB
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Medical article about the gene Tenascin-XB

In this medical article, I describe the association between the Tenascin-XB gene and specific Ehlers-Danlos syndrome types based on current research. I, therefore, read more than 40 scientific publications and referenced many in this article…