Happy & healthy 2018!

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Happy and Healthy(tier) New Year to you!

A little late as my MacBook decided to give me the “blue” screen and stopped working a few days ago so here’s a short 2017 review via my phone.

I celebrated New Year’s Eve in one of my favourite cities, Istanbul, trip #4 in December after a short visit to Athens and Vilnius to tell my MS story followed by a trip “home” to my mum in Germany. Busy times!

Now I finally got some quiet time to reflect on 2017, one of the most intense & best years of my life so far and I already have a plan in place to make 2018 even more spectacular and healing πŸ˜‰

I’m thankful for the experience I gained as team member of Mission Summit and our attempt to climb Mont Blanc as the first MS team. If you follow me on Social Media you already know that we had to return after a night at the Tete Rousse hut ( 3167m) because of severe weather. As I trained months for this event I was somewhat disappointed but also know all the hard training paid off. I’m definitely getting fitter the older I get πŸ˜‰ I also had a small emotional breakdown climbing up to that last hut as I remembered where I’ve been on this very day 5 years ago – in neurological rehab, sleeping 18 hours a day and most likely doing water gymnastics with a right arm that didn’t cooperate – well, I could not even hold my cutlery and there I was, climbing the highest mountain in the Alps. CRAZY! I learned so much about my body during that time, especially that I can really push way harder than I thought.

Mission Summit is planning another expedition in November 2018 – this time to climb one of the “7 Summit”, Mount Kilimanjaro – and of course I’m thinking about joining, it’s great to have a goal to train for Β πŸ˜‰

The intense summer didn’t end there – shortly after I returned from the expedition it turned out that I have a bit of skin cancer Β ( the “old people” kind, a basal cell carcinoma) on my collar bone. Bummer, but life goes on and it was luckily nothing dramatic.

My surgery was scheduled right after my yearly MRI that turned out to be fabulous – stable, no new lesions and last years “surprise lesion” was hardly to see so I think I’m on the right track with my DMD Β and my mix of meditation, breath work, sound journeys, exercise, diet, supplements and so on paid off.

The mini surgery was quick and easy, the only real downside was that I couldn’t Β do CrossFit or heavy weight lifting for a while. Stubborn as I am, I tried Β ( of course πŸ˜‰) and ripped each time a few stitches so in the end it took about 6 weeks until the scar healed a bit.

For the first 3 months of 2018 I got already a full plan in place as I need to train and prepare for my next “project” that will be both, a healing and adventure trip to Peru πŸ™Œ

Quick preview below and more to come in the next weeks but I can tell you already it’s going to be epic one way or another ( and for some a bit too extreme πŸ˜‚ ).

I’m always busy making memories and this trip combines a few things I really, really wanted to try and do for many years.

As they say, all we have is NOW…

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Thanksgiving thoughts

Wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving!

There is so much to be thankful for and it’s important not to take anything in life for granted.
As I didn’t sleep that well last night, I thought about all the things I am grateful for.

It’s a lot and comparing that list to the two stupid letter, MS, I think I still have a great life! πŸ™‚

Things I am thankful for

– being alive
– having unlimited access to clean water
– food whenever I feel hungry
– a warm “shelter”
– safety, I do not need to worry about any kind of (direct) religious or political threats
– not experienced a war
– living in a democracy
– education, I can write and read
– electricity and heating
– medical aid and a social health system
– access to MS drugs, all costs covered by the insurance
– unconditional love
– family and boyfriend, without you I would likely give up on some days
– friends in good and bad times
– inspirational new Twitter friends
– all the support I received during the past months
– I know how it feels to run, jump, dance, swim, cycle, move, see, hear, talk. Many never have the chance to experience any of these things
– being diagnosed with MS at the age of 33 – I was never seriously sick before, experienced a “normal” life, studied, worked, partied, travelled, all to the max, so slowing down my life is fine
– financial security
– seeing my illness as a chance
– positive mindset
– internet, to keep in touch with all of you and get information
– movies
– music, keeps me going
– books, for the days I can’t focus on tv
– good days
– bad days
– joy
– laughter
– a perfect sunny fall day

and million more little things that make me smile πŸ™‚

“We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.”
Albert Barnes