As you described the side-effects of chemotherapy and the depression that followed, I suffered with you, and when you started your travels around the world, I must admit that I was a little envious.
Especially the deep insights which you allow into the essence of depression, the long nerve-racking and finally successful struggle to free yourself from its helplessness, were a personal gain for me. It is courageous that you have written about it so openly.
Stefan Strehler, Editor at Rohnstock-Biografien, Berlin, Germany
I often felt strongly drawn to the statements and emotions of the author. I felt exactly the same after my illness. Not only the diagnosis of testicular cancer changed my life, this book did that as well. The openness of the author is remarkable and helpful.
Torsten Koehler is an empathetic and courageous person who is prepared to speak out candidly about the experiences of his illness, and who gives everything to assist others. This is one of the most important books that I have ever read. (Probably the most important!)
I recommend it without reserve to every person who has had a similar experience.
Hannes Ebert, Nürnberg, Germany
This past weekend I happened to read some of your notes about your time with cancer. My job is rather hectic at the moment, and your thoughts helped me to focus on the facts again and to realise what the really important things in life are.
Stephan Garbe, Hannover, Germany
I was captivated, totally fascinated and emotionally touched. I sat engrossed and only later realized what a battle you had won. Now it is clear to me why you are as you are. I only got to know you long after your struggle. But I have often wondered why you think like you do, why you see things so positively and how you treat other people. You simply live differently and you see things differently; you deal differently with humanity (irrespective of person or age). Now I understand a good deal more.
You have won, you live and you love. You are showing everybody how valuable they are and how fantastic life can be. You are an example to us all.
Nadja Schlusche, Windhoek, Namibia
This book robbed me of my sleep. The simple style (the short paragraphs probably a contributing factor), ensured that there was no room for boredom. All the phases – the realization, the blank fury, the despair, the relief, the ordeal, the “face lifting” and the gratitude deeply moved me. What especially fascinated me was the fact that you are still “searching”: whether religion or an answer. It is reassuring that this word does not cause a panic attack in you any longer. In this book you have dealt with the deepest frustrations of the soul and that is remarkable. Added to this is the honesty with yourself and with your fellow human beings. My wish for you, dear Torsten, is that this book of encouragement will be read by many people. Always look for the bright side of things! And when there are none? Rub the dark until it shines!
Auguste, Ex-colleague, Windhoek, Namibia
Dear Torsten – your book, with the beautiful Namibian stamps on the envelope, arrived today. Ulla immediately grabbed it from me, got into bed, twice fetched herself something to eat and only put down the book when she had finished. Then she showed me the pages where you had quoted us: really excellent. Despite the serious content and the drama, Ulla often laughed because you wrote with such humour. This contrast underscores the quality of the book. We have the utmost respect for your achievement and your courage. You are one of those people who greatly assist those who find themselves in the same or similar situation. We are going to our book seller right now to order more copies so that this book will become more widely known in Germany. Respectfully yours and sincere greetings
Ulla, Lüdenscheid, Germany
Dear Torsten – by now I have also read your book: awesome! Why? Because you do not write in the way one should write, because you include all your strengths and your weaknesses, your suffering and experiences. We wish your book great success; it should be of great help to all those who have similar diseases.
Kind regards and hoping to meet you soon.
Günther, Lüdenscheid, Germany
Yesterday evening I read through your book in one go and I was most impressed. I became teary-eyed at the part where the children lovingly took leave of you (“Good that I had you” and “You were my piece of luck”). It is great that you have regained the energy for your career.
Kind regards. The next reader of your book will be my son, Fabio.
Angelika, Lugano, Switzerland
I simply could not wait, so I took a few hours out of my work day to read your book. And as you probably know, I am no bookworm. After starting to read I found myself engrossed in all that you underwent and how you rose above your trials. I found the book super. Never before have I read a book in one sitting, but this one I simply could not put down – I had to finish it. The words on page 98 had special meaning for me; several words and sentences still remain with me. I am glad that I have read this book. I am giving it to my father next. It will do him a world of good.
Shaun Smith, Windhoek, Namibia
You are my strength. I am incredibly proud of you and I thank you for what I have learnt from you. I hope we can reciprocate in some way in the future, if not personally then by spreading your work further... until next time, Master!
Karsten Dieckhoff, London, Great Britain