My name is Hanne, I'm 29 years old and I live in Porsgrunn, Norway, together with my boyfriend Huy.
We have three furbabies: a sammiedog named Ariel (she's turning 10 years old this summer!) and the guineapiggies Basse (1 year old) and Brummie (6 or 7 years old).
I love animals and I have rescued dogs and birds both in Norway and
abroad. My dream is one day to visit Vietnam and see the amazing work Animal
Asia do for moon bears. I'm passionate about animal welfare, and I often cry myself to sleep when I see animals that are in distress or in need of help.
My interests are documentaries, music, dinosaurs (I love dinosaurs), botany, cosmology, astronomy and history. Unfortunately, the pain in the neck prevented me from both education and work, something I have struggled to accept.
Everything I am, and everything I want, gets overshadowed by the pain. The pain controls my whole life and I can hardly do any ordinary things on my own anymore. Things like: shopping, cook, drive a car , socialize etc. Those are just a few examples of what I can't do anymore. I'm totally dependent on help from Huy. Sometimes he must help me in the shower when I'm not able to stand on my own. He must do everything practical in our daily life, and without him, I don't know what I would do. Over a longer period of time, we slept on mattresses in the living room so that I did not have to go down the stairs every morning. I often can't not sit normally on the couch so I spend a lot of time lying flat on a yoga mat on the floor. The pain is excruciating and it feels like my head will roll off at any minute. When I don't wear my neck collar, I often support my head with my hands. The pain is excruciating.
Here in Norway there is neither the will or knowledge about these injuries, so instead of referring me to other countries, the so called specialists here says that the injuries in my neck does not exist. Sounds strange, right? This is unfortunately the reality for me and other people with neck injuries in this country. We are called depressed and are being told that the injuries are all in our head. I guess it's easier that way, if they continue to tear us down, we might stop fighting.
The fact that the world's leading neurosurgeons, professors, radiologists and doctors abroad acknowledge and have great knowledge about these injuries, don't seem to matter here in Norway.
On my own I've had to search for someone who could help me. It's been a great struggle and a long road to get here.
If you want to read the whole story about how I got the neck injuries, click here.
If you want to read more about the injuries click here.
My wish for the future is to have a normal life. I hope you guys want to help me get there.