Today, 10 years after his release from military prison, Carney lives in Ohio with his adopted son. As an ex-convict and a traitor, he is unable to find a permanent job and his attempt to gain a foothold in Berlin once again -- from the fall of 2010 to the fall of 2011 -- was also a failure. Acquaintances from the past, including some who were not with the Stasi, tried to help him, and they found him a job with a publishing house that specializes in books for those nostalgic for the old regime by authors such as Margot Honecker and Egon Krenz. Initially, Carney's book was to be published there as well, but ultimately the publishing house declined.
Unfortunately, the doctors also compiled a huge amount of knowledge about side effects and negative health effects. But that information was kept away from the athletes. All drugs were described as vitamins, given supposedly to make up for a lack of fresh fruits and vegetables. Side effects started quickly, and were typically explained to the athletes as part of puberty, or the flu. Among females the early side effects included deeper voices, facial hair (some teenage girls had to shave), fewer secondary sexual characteristics, and much higher chances of kidney failure. Later on the side effects became far more serious, including liver and lung problems, ovarian cysts, joint problems, depression, dramatic drops in bone density, and even worse.