For more than one year now, my brother has been in rehabilitation. I am really impressed with his power, mindfulness and humour. During my master thesis, he helped me a lot, gave me inspiration, and improved my spelling. In my eyes he is more than strong.
I got an invitation to see the Beatsteaks in Berlin at the famous open air stage Wuhlheide. They serve up the finest punk and rock & roll, made in my favourite Berlin districts of Kreuzberg and Treptow.
Today is my first anniversary since my life changing, neck-breaking accident. It happened to be on the beautiful date of the 17.07.17 at a lonely Paradise Beach on an exotic island during a vacation I planned half a year in advance. Continue reading Second Life and Second Birthday
Today started with a surprise. I had some visitors from the Berlin Brandenburg broadcast station. Their video team filmed while they asked me about my accident, its consequences for my life, and the rehabilitation progress. Continue reading Television Interview About my Swimming Accident, Spinal Cord Injury and Rehabilitation
Together with assistance, I set up a tecla-e Bluetooth switch control device so that I could independently use my phone when it was attached to my wheelchair.
What a challenge!
The purpose of my trip was a meeting with an auditor of the labour office that is responsible for overseeing the inclusion of employees with a handicap. Continue reading Power Wheelchair Drive to My Office in Berlin Kreuzberg
There are a lot of things that I feel I am doing for the first time in my new life since my accident. This time I had a really good reason to wear a white business shirt and a blue jacket: My grandma. Continue reading First Time Wearing a Suit
Today I spent a half day with my brother. It was a great day. We shared some special moments. Andreas N., who is also a client at Beelitz Heilstätten, cooked with Peggy (our favourite therapist) for my brother and me. We brought some white wine and champagne for dinner. It was our second dinner together. Continue reading Monday
I always believed that I was unbreakable. Before the accident, I had actually never broken any of my bones.
Now I’ve broken my neck. Irreversible paralysis. All four limbs affected. It really couldn’t be much worse. Just three more vertebrae to go. No breathing on my own, no head control, neurological damage, stroke, coma, death.
However, I am a survivor and my brain still works. Still, it is a hard time to stay positive. This is why I started listing all of the things that have changed in a positive way after my spinal cord injury. Continue reading How to Stay Positive After Being Paralyzed by a Spinal Cord Injury
More than 100 years ago there were no antibiotics to treat tuberculosis. This is why the hospital city of Beelitz Heilstätten was founded in 1898, in the middle of nowhere with 60 buildings in Brandenburg. The deep forest setting is probably the best environment to offer conservative air, water and light therapies.