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“I Am Dying” – National Geographic

Tonight, the National Geographic Channel has a one-hour special “I’m Dying.”  

The show follows 32-year-old Renee Heidtman during the last months of her life capturing intimate moments through photos, camera work and Heidtman’s personal video diary of her experience that she started when she was diagnosed in 2009.

The filmmakers had a goal of documenting death in an intimate way.  Film crews hung out with the Heidtmans for nearly two months. They witnessed Renee Heidtman weakening daily, they saw family members helping her get in and out of bed, they watched as Rita Heidtman fed her sister, helped her bathe and dressed her.

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