Locked-in syndrome; my stroke aftermath

My mom did not take English in school. She only knew a few basic words, and that was it. After the stroke, she had to learn the hard way. Friends that made calls all over the world to ask about me. They would speak English of course, and she had to; not just understand but also answer in English.

It was the worst time of her life, and there she was; a speed course of tourist English by phone. Another test that she passed with excellence, to show what an amazing person this woman is.

Mom was relieved when I got the computer and I was able to communicate with everyone myself. I guess that it also did her well seeing me doing something instead of just staring in front of myself all the time.

I would spend all day at the desk. Sometimes up to twelve hours in a day. I have always been a workaholic and so to see the stroke, not even Locked-in syndrome could not change that.

Besides corresponding and writing, I also started being approached by acquaintance and strangers who would recommend alternative medicine and treatments. There are many things out there, from the absurd to the incredible, some that in one way or the other made sense, and others that just sounded ridiculous.

I thought to myself; “If there is a way out there to regain my health again, I should try it.” Therefore, this became my new endeavor, to find an alternative way to recuperate what had I lost.


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Kati ”Young achiever of 2014” The Finnish author, blogger Kati van der Hoeven-Lepistö, is the award-winner ´The Finnish young achiever of the year 2014´. The prize was awarded by the junior division of the Chamber of Commerce International Finland. Kati van der Hoeven-Lepistö is a 40-year-old former supermodel, whose career was cut short after an afflicted brain stem infarction in 1995. Kati was 20-years-old at that time, Kati lost the power of movement and the power of speech completely. Only her eyes are working, and she communicates with a letter chart. The grand assemblage of instruments according to van der Hoeven is determination, faith and toughness, these enable her to live a full life. She has helped and encouraged others to cope with being paralyzed and moving forward. Kati is the author of her life experiences in the book ´Blink of an eye´ (only in Finnish), and she is an active blogger. According to the jury van der Hoeven-Lepistö fosters a positive attitude to life, and she has affected thousands of people’s life and attitude towards life by teaching acceptance of diversity and understanding (spiritual growth). The Young Achiever is the world’s most prestigious award, the junior division Chamber of Commerce International Finland to share their field and in his own right performing between 18 and 40 years of Finnish citizens. Competition is the national implementation of international ´The Outstanding Young Person Awards.