NADINE – WHO IS THAT?
★ Life enthusiast, positive thinker, severe illness defeater
★ Health nut, travel addict, cosmopolitan
★ Academic economist, amateur photographer & writer
A NEW LIFE FOR NADINE
I am one of those guys who changed their lives after being hit by a severe illness. That incident made me unmistakably understand that life is more than fitting in my jeans – a lot more.
SICKNESS FLIPPED MY LIFE UPSIDE-DOWN
Sickness flipped my life upside-down pretty well without sparing any area of my life. When your health is screwed, the rest follows automatically over time – job, social life, sport, hobbies. In other words: the life you were used to live is gone. It’s that simple.
I AM CREATING A BRAND NEW LIFE
Not regaining my health and consequently, my life was no option for me. I fought like mad over the years to be where I am at the very moment: closing the sickness-chapter of my life and creating a new one – full of new beginnings, and lust for life.
MY LIFE IN THREE ACTS
My sick-years act like a divider between my old and my new current life. They are the best and the worse thing that ever happened to me. They destroyed my old life but gave me a new one at the same time. As a result I am dividing my life into three parts today:
> broad academic education / university degree in Economic Science
> lots of friends / vital social life
> horse riding, hiking, mountaineering, traveling, camping and so forth
> well-paid job as a marketing specialist at a top-ranking employer
> full bank account / partner / dog / big flat / RV / car etc.
IN SHORT: living a picture perfect life – no serious worries at all – life felt steady, structured, and secure
> bedridden, housebound
> in pain 24/7
> severe fatigue + cognitive disorders / ‘too weak to read a text message’
> taking pills / seeing therapists & practitioners
> social isolation / ‘home alone’
> old life crumbled bit by bit but and unstoppably
IN SHORT: living in sickness microcosm for more than four years – I just vanished from the surface after a while
I’ve been diagnosed with post-viral ME/CFS – a ‘devastating multi-system disease that causes dysfunction of the neurological, immune, endocrine and energy metabolism systems‘. It is considered incurable.
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I am creating that chapter at the very moment. I am somewhere in an intermediate stage between ‘ROCK BOTTOM’ and ‘NEW BEGINNINGS’ – fortunately, I am closer to the latter one.
I fought my way back into life and am standing straight again, but nevertheless, I have to rebuild my life from scratch. It’s not much left where to start from. That holds a huge chance but scares the s*** out of me at the same time.
Running this blog is one of the very new things I’m having on my to-do list. My plate is full of new ideas, plans, and dreams. Maybe you like to accompany me for a while or connect with me directly. Maybe you just stumbled into my story by accident and are already typing another web address. However, have a good day!
SICKNESS AND ITS CORRECTIVE POWER
The sick-years left more than one deep wound and scar in my life – some are still bleeding; some are healing already. Sometimes it feels nothing less than a miracle that I haven’t lost my smile, that I haven’t given in to the official opinion that my illness (ME/CFS) is incurable, that I am still here at all.
And here I am, sharing my story and lessons learned. Today I understand the sick-years as a corrective crash course regarding my attitude of life, mindset, and self-image. Like a thunderstorm clears the hot and humid summer air, which makes it hard to breathe and paralyzes life, those years cleared my life so that I can breathe and prosper again.
WHEN YOUR LIFE IS PUT ON HOLD
When your life is put on hold, and your body makes you lay down up to 23 hours a day you have a lot of time to think. If you like it or not, you have to deal with yourself. The illness forced me to have a very close look on myself, my lifestyle, -goals and values.
Long story short: I am starting a new life from scratch at the very moment. Maybe you feel like accompanying me on my path for a while so that I can accompany you on yours.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me at any time.
Anyhow, have the best possible day!
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“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.”
// Rikki Rogers