My ALS Journey: 3/n

Here is what happened in the last three weeks. Let me start with a very thoughtful Christmas present.

Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking

My son Marius gave me the Christmas present “Brief Answers to the Big Questions” by Stephen Hawking. I’m very curious to read it.

You may know it. Stephen Hawking had a very slow-progressing form of ALS. He was diagnosed with ALS 21, and his life expectancy was two years. On the contrary, Stephen died at 76. Additionally, Stephen was widely regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists in history. 

His fights give me great strength, hope, and motivation.

My Disabilities

So far, only my lower motor neuron (second motor neuron) is affected. Typically, ALS affects the upper and the lower motor neuron. Damage to the upper motor neuron (first motor neuron) causes spasticity, hyperreflexia, and muscle weakness. Damage to the lower motor neuron causes muscle atrophy, fasciculations, and hyporeflexia. Consequently, I need help getting washed, dressed, and eating, and I need a walker to walk more than a few meters.

Money Raising Campaign

Honestly, the research around nervous diseases such as ALS is heavily underfunded.

Here is a statement from the ALS-Ambulanz, translated into English:


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    ALS is one of the “orphans of medicine” – rare diseases that are not the focus of social attention. Treatment is significantly underfunded, and there is also insufficient funding for ALS research. Donations and other third-party funding are of fundamental importance.

    This has become obvious with the Ice Bucket Challenge.

    Since the challenge in 2014/2025, a lot has changed. Many trials are running worldwide, but still, the therapy to stop ALS progression or slow it down significantly is missing. There are only breakthroughs in the genetic variant of ALS, which causes 10% of all ALS cases.

    Von slgckgc – Doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, CC BY 2.0,

    But research and therapy require more money. Here is my idea. Let’s make our money-raising campaign.

    Our Money-Raising Campaign


    In a few weeks, I will start a donation for ALS research. My money will go to the ALS-Ambulanz.The ALS-Ambulanz is part of the Charité and has a leading role in the research and execution of trials in Europe. You will get my 3-book bundle Modern C++ Collection for half the price ($70 -> $35).

    Let’s make this campaign big. If you want to participate in this campaign, please get in touch with me. Say what you want to offer for one week, name your discount, if any, and whom you wish to donate to.

    Here are my two favorites:

    I will list your offer on the upcoming campaign page, but you should also advertise it. If you don’t have anything to offer, please spread my word.

    Let’s see what we can achieve together.

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    Thanks a lot to my Patreon Supporters: Matt Braun, Roman Postanciuc, Tobias Zindl, G Prvulovic, Reinhold Dröge, Abernitzke, Frank Grimm, Sakib, Broeserl, António Pina, Sergey Agafyin, Андрей Бурмистров, Jake, GS, Lawton Shoemake, Jozo Leko, John Breland, Venkat Nandam, Jose Francisco, Douglas Tinkham, Kuchlong Kuchlong, Robert Blanch, Truels Wissneth, Kris Kafka, Mario Luoni, Friedrich Huber, lennonli, Pramod Tikare Muralidhara, Peter Ware, Daniel Hufschläger, Alessandro Pezzato, Bob Perry, Satish Vangipuram, Andi Ireland, Richard Ohnemus, Michael Dunsky, Leo Goodstadt, John Wiederhirn, Yacob Cohen-Arazi, Florian Tischler, Robin Furness, Michael Young, Holger Detering, Bernd Mühlhaus, Stephen Kelley, Kyle Dean, Tusar Palauri, Juan Dent, George Liao, Daniel Ceperley, Jon T Hess, Stephen Totten, Wolfgang Fütterer, Matthias Grün, Phillip Diekmann, Ben Atakora, Ann Shatoff, Rob North, Bhavith C Achar, Marco Parri Empoli, moon, Philipp Lenk, Hobsbawm, Charles-Jianye Chen, and Keith Jeffery.

    Thanks, in particular, to Jon Hess, Lakshman, Christian Wittenhorst, Sherhy Pyton, Dendi Suhubdy, Sudhakar Belagurusamy, Richard Sargeant, Rusty Fleming, John Nebel, Mipko, Alicja Kaminska, Slavko Radman, and David Poole.

    My special thanks to Embarcadero
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    Standard Seminars (English/German)

    Here is a compilation of my standard seminars. These seminars are only meant to give you a first orientation.

    • C++ – The Core Language
    • C++ – The Standard Library
    • C++ – Compact
    • C++11 and C++14
    • Concurrency with Modern C++
    • Design Pattern and Architectural Pattern with C++
    • Embedded Programming with Modern C++
    • Generic Programming (Templates) with C++
    • Clean Code with Modern C++
    • C++20

    Online Seminars (German)

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