Lifestories: Families in Crisis

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Episode Guide


  • Season 1
    • Someone Had to Be Benny
      This is the story of Benny Agrelo, a terminally ill 15-year-old who fought to live the remainder of his life on his own terms. Benny decided to stop taking the drugs that helped his body accept a transplanted liver because they produced a number of excruciating side effects. After convincing his mother to let him live his last months "without hurting," Benny was taken from his family by court order--and had to go to court to fight for the right to determine his own fate.moreless
    • A Dangerous Affair
      A Dangerous Affair
      Episode 14
      After a brief affair, a college woman discovers that she is infected with HIV.
    • POWER: The Eddie Matos Story
      An inner-city teen, from a broken home, drops out of school to become a drug dealer, and ends up confined to a wheelchair after being shot by a rival.
    • Confronting Brandon: The Intervention of an Addict
      A teen's friends try to help him solve his problem of drug and alcohol abuse, while dealing with problems of his own at work, home and school.
    • A Child Betrayed: The Calvin Mire Story
      An altar boy is living the life. Then he starts being sexually abused by the priest, and finds out the other boys are too. But, they're to scared to tell their parents. So after the boy (who's10) turns 15, he tells his parents. Leading the priest to jail, and a lifetime of emotional scars for Calvin and other boys.moreless
    • Brotherly Love: The Trevor Ferrell Story
      A Philadelphia boy decides to become an advocate for the plight of the homeless. He helps out two people who, in return, give some love. But when one of his homeless friends gets killed by a hit and run, and the other from cancer, he opens a local homeless canter.
    • A Body to Die For: the Aaron Henry Story
      A high school football player starts to use steroids in his game to become a better and stronger player. This leads to violence with his girlfriend and enemy's. Then he talks about how he's had two heart attacks because of the use of steroids.
    • More Than Friends: The Coming Out of Heidi Leiter
      Explore what happens after lesbian teens decide to go to the prom together and publically reveal their homosexuality. The incident causes much controversy and leads to them almost being kicked out of the prom because they were lesbians.
    • Dead Drunk: The Kevin Tunell Story
      Several days after killing a girl in a drunk-driving accident, a young man is wracked by guilt.
    • No Visible Bruises: The Katie Koestner Story
      Katie, a young college women, goes to a party becomes a victim of date rape twice while partying.
    • Blood Brothers: The Joey DiPaolo Story
      Story of an 11 year old with HIV. He tries so hard to hide this information from his friends, with the fear of them treating him differently.
    • Gunplay: The Last Day in the Life of Brian Darling
      This episode describes the last day in the life of 10-year-old Brian Darling. Brian was accidentally shot to death while playing with a loaded handgun. The boy's father, John Darling, gives gun-safety tips.
    • Public Law 106: The Becky Bell Story
      Becky Bell is a pregnant 17-year-old who is frustrated by Indiana's Public Law 106. The law requires that either parental consent or a judge's permission is required for an underage girl to have a legal abortion. So Becky suffers the tragic consequences of seeking one illegally.
    • A Deadly Secret: The Robert Bierer Story
      Robert Bierer recounts the times he spent with his best friend.

      The good ones, and the not so good ones, leading up to the tragedy that happened when his friend committed suicide.

      Robert talks on how you have to hold on for the sake of your friends and family.
    • The Secret Life of Mary Margaret: Portrait of a Bulimic
      Mary-Margaret lives a perfect life. But when she got a modeling job, she wanted to be as thin as she can be. So she gets as much food as she can have, eats it, and throws it up to lose weight. Because of that she became bulimic. She meets a girl who is also bulimic and tries to keep up with her. But when she dies, Mary-Margaret realizes that she can't keep this a secret anymore.moreless