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First-Person Stories Gathered on Web Shape New Nonfiction TV Series from Veteran Producers
Date:7/1/2009

list, or chat rooms, the site explores this contemporary phenomenon through life-altering stories that surprise and delight, as well as some that confront the "darker side" of Internet-enabled relationships.

How-we-die.org is collecting first-person stories on what is possibly the most difficult dilemma many of us will ever face: Do we have anything to say about when and how we die? The site welcomes stories from patients, their families, loved ones, and health professionals about experiences that have tested or challenged their values and beliefs about who decides, and what role, if any, the government should play in those decisions.

"For more than a dozen years," said Weiss, "Web Lab has used the Web to collect powerful, often surprising, inspiring, often provocative stories recounting experiences that have challenged and often changed people's attitudes. We've found that these first-person accounts of lived experience provide unique perspectives on a range of topics. I'm very excited to partner with The Documentary Group to bring some of these stories to television."

How-we-die.org includes a story from a 31-year old woman who begins by saying, "If my family had listened to the doctors 12 years ago, I wouldn't be here to tell you my story."

She recalls that, after an automobile accident that severed her spine, the doctors suggested that her parents take her off life support. "The doctor informed [my parents that I was going to be in a veggie state for the rest of my life. First of all, who uses the word "veggie"? Anyway, my dad asked what veggie I was going to be because I hated green beans and would be mad if I was one."

The site also features several first-person stories from t
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