29 Aug Life doesn’t have to stop because you’re paralyzed!
Everyone needs a little motivation, especially on a Monday! Today’s motivational Monday is about a young man who spent most of his life in the ocean.
Bruno Hansen was a regular adrenaline junkie who enjoyed surfing, sailing and diving. After a car accident in 1998, his life changed forever. Bruno was 27 when he was paralyzed from the waste down and unsure if he would ever be able to fully enjoy his life again. Spending most of his life near water and always looking for the next adventure was his passion, his hobby and his joy in life. Unfortunately, after the accident, he was unable to live his life this way which left him feeling stuck and unhappy. He even considered suicide and tried to drown himself in the ocean, where he once felt the most at home. Somehow while he was out in the ocean, trying to end his life, he caught a wave and started to body surf. Immediately he realized he could do more then just watch the waves go by, he could still ride them!
From this day forward Bruno didn’t let his paralysis stop him. Bruno and his chair set sail with a couple of friends and traveled to Mozambique, Europa, Madagascar, Maldives and Thailand. In December 2004, while boating in Thailand, the Tsunami hit and he survived with only minor injuries. This is yet another major life experience Bruno survived.
In 2015, Bruno represented Denmark and was crowned the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Adaptive Surfing Champion in the prone division. His story doesn’t end here, Bruno has high hopes to continue surfing and competing and enjoying his life to the fullest each day forward.
Bruno has had his ups and downs but once he realized that life doesn’t have to stop just because he’s paralyzed, he is now able to enjoy a fulfilling life.
Michelle Wolfe, RMT
Protocol Therapist, Director of Social Media