Ingrid, Vicky and Sabrina have to cope with breast cancer in various forms. Their often tough and painful treatments are an interim stage towards the hoped-for recovery which can turn into the disease again without warning. But their sense of self-esteem is at stake, as well. It has eroded their sense of femininity. They feel damaged and insecure. ‘Awake in a Bad Dream’ shows in a very personal and intimate way how the women and their partners try to get a hold on life again after the diagnosis.