So FRSH!

So FRSH!

I’m feeling VERY fresh! I mean, of course I’m very tired from practicing 6 hours a day, five days a week, but finally I feel like I’m working purely for getting Back. And for that, I’m ready to work extremely hard.

Since I’m talking about fresh things now… LOOK AT THE NEW TEAMFIGHTBACK’S PAGES!!! These are very fresh in my opinion! 😉

I have been blabbering a lot about this VASA Concept, but now, I’m going to quit blabbering for a while. I’ve not blabbered so much lately I mean… cause I’ve been just doing it. But the rest of the July is going to be very quiet, in blogging… I’ll keep Instagramming every now and then, though!

In a week Rajul is flying to Stockholm and staying in Sweden for two more weeks, before India. Since Sweden is our neighbor and India is the other side of the World, I’m going to go to Sweden as well. We have very big plans for the future. This VASA Concept works, and I’m going to do everything in my power to make it internationally huge. Our mission is to help those millions of stroke and TBI patients. But first, I’ve got to get Back myself, to be able to help others to Fight Back.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

One might think that, I’d be late, but no, I’m not. I’m very well aware that last Sunday, was “the” Mother’s day… but at least I have such a great Mom, that everyday should be a Mother’s day.

My Mom has been there for me through the slightly thicker times, but especially her part in the very thin parts of my life, make me to love her. I don’t say it often enough, but I think that she’s very well aware of that… We are a perfect team!

I didn’t write this last Sunday, cause I was just too busy spending THE actual mother’s day at home. And since then, I’ve just been full on rehabbing myself in Validia (in the same place, for whose work I gave “the face” in Helsingin Sanomat add…) but now, now I’m sitting on train. I’m going to Jyväskylä, central Finland, to talk about the FightBack, and especially about the importance of motivation!

Physiotherapy swimming

Physiotherapy swimming

 

Today my fysiotherapy happened in swimming pool, pool therapy, as it’s called. It contained swimming, balance and muschle training. I think balance training in water is the best way to get my balance back on track. The risks of falling down are taken off and it helps a lot. That’s what I did today^^

ALREADY yesterday was the 4th of July in Finland!??!!

ALREADY yesterday was the 4th of July in Finland!??!!

We took a false start in celebrating the US independence day yesterday, at the US Helsinki Embassy. And boy I’ve gotta say that… I have never been prized so generously for a false start! I truly hope that you guys in the USA, are having this much fun too, when the actual independence day comes around! It was really fun!

As soon as I declare that, the invitation came as a huge surprise to us, I’m going to give the night in pictures for you!

The invitation to the Embassy was a huge surprise. Photos:

Ja lopuksi vielä suomeksi, Iltalehti vähän oikoo mutkia: http://m.iltalehti.fi/viihde/2015061719883973_vi.shtml

Sanoin: “Vietetään ihan just hopea hääpäivää! Eka pitää vaan mennä naimisiin…” Jutusta voitte lukea, miltä tämä näyttää paperilla. 😀

http://www.iltasanomat.fi/viihde/art-1434544144503.html
http://www.iltasanomat.fi/viihde/art-1434544144503.html
Orienteering – I had no idea!

Orienteering – I had no idea!

I was in Paimio, “participating” to the Jukolanviesti 2015 orienteering event this weekend and boy, it was great! The atmosphere was just amazing. Super happy and positive. The event was amazing, but a thing that came out of blue for me, was that orienteering could be fun!

Our team in a group photo!
Our team in a group photo. Mad RESPECT for all of them!

At least it seemed to be amazing. But really, this shouldn’t be such a surprise for me?

It happens out in the woods, in the nature, and that’s a factor I especially love in orienteering, the nature. Back when I was on the top of my athletic game, I was a skier. My life was fast, exciting and dangerous. I didn’t care about easy, slow and boring things, like orienteering… but what do I think about it now?

This picture was taken right after the start of Louna Jukola. It was EPIC!
This picture was taken right after the start of Louna Jukola. It was EPIC!

It’s exciting. I mean, think about it, you’re in the woods and you’ve got to find your way through the track via the checkpoints. Who’s quickest wins! Survival of the fastest.

I didn’t orienteer in Jukola this year myself, I was just cheering up the Finnish celebrity team. So I was just a cheerleading a part of the team. And I’m not even that beautiful! Even though I didn’t really do anything real… I had a blast! Our team’s task was to raise up funds for the athletic games of the disabled kids. Thanks to a bit more important members of our team, the ones who did the orienteering… we raised up 20000 euros for the Junior Games in Finland! This 20000€ can organize the games for two years! Just imagine the ones, who have always been alone with their disabilities, to get out and see that, “I’m not alone!” And get to do something they may fall in love with. They may even get the stoke, the stoke of which I’m blabbering about!

All in all, the weekend was really great, and I can’t wait to get out again!

The blind Leo kid got carried through the finish line by our team. He was really excited and made our whole team unbelievably happy. If I was a part of offering those kind of feelings for disabled kids!
The blind Leo kid got carried through the finish line by our team. He was really excited and made our whole team unbelievably happy. If I was a part of offering those kind of feelings for disabled kids! The stoke was there.

 

 

Leo chilling out with our team in the finishing area...
Leo chilling out with our team in the finishing area…
Here I am with the fastest Frenchman in the orienteering circles! He pumped our team up a few hundreds of spots...
Here I am with the fastest Frenchman in the orienteering circles! He pumped our team up a few hundreds of spots… This photo is taken right after they finished.

 

 

Kannan Korteni Kekoon

Kannan Korteni Kekoon

Enää 2 päivää jäljellä! Tämänhetkinen tilanne on se, että vielä 2628 € matkaa minimitavoitteeseemme. 2628 € matkaa siihen, että New Run dokumentti – elokuva varmasti toteutuu. Mielestäni olen jo pannut oman korteni kekoon (olen antanut miltei kaikkeni…)  mutta juuri siitä syystä tahdon varmistaa, ettei kaikki tekemäni työ valu hukkaan! 

Tilasin mesenaatin sivuilta New Run julisteen, joka saa koristaa työhuoneeni seinää. Juliste muistuttaa minua ensimmäisestä FightBack Runista, jonka taistelin läpi. En aio ikinä menettää taistelutahtoani, mutta tämä juliste takaa sen.

Olen juuri lähes puolivälissä ensimmäistä FightBack Runia. Kun perässä on tuo määrä porukkaa, ei vain voi luovuttaa! Ei sillä, että olisin luovuttanut muutenkaan.
Kuvassa olen juuri lähes puolivälissä ensimmäistä FightBack Runia. Kun perässä on tuo määrä porukkaa, ei vain voi luovuttaa! Ei sillä, että olisin luovuttanut muutenkaan.

Osallistukaa tekin hankkeeseemme, auttakaa kertomaan tämä tarina myös ulkomaille, jos se mielestänne on kertomisen arvoinen: http://mesenaatti.me/en/newrun/

I Shouldn\’t be pitied… :)

It took me this long to open my mouth again… so much about that working mode! No, honestly, my Gym isn’t open yet, and I must get this out.

We had an interesting meeting with my good friends yesterday. We were talking about, how could we make the FightBack go international, and my good friend told us, that he had received one kinda negative response, as he shared documentary teaser. I don’t know the exact words, but it went somehow like this: “Why should I feel pity, for some rich white kid, who has crashed in a SKIING accident?”

This made me thinking about pity. And about, how I don’t want to be pitied! The fact that I overshot the kicker and almost died, was my own fault. NOBODY forced me to jump! I wanted to jump myself! The blast of wind was just one of multiple possible, unlikely… hazards that I dealt with. The possibility of things going down like they did, might’ve been very tiny, but I survived, after all! When things went as wrong, as they did… it was really a miracle! I’m so grateful. This is what I want to share with ALL of You, my love for life! And that it’s definitely worth to fight for.

I want to share positivity, the love for life and all that. I can keep on improving day by day, and I will also learn to speak more fluently. Thank God my speech is already understandable. I want to share my story and make everyone to see, how you can get through hard times, and still love life. I’m not bitter. Being bitted would only be negative. Instead I love positivity, I’m happy and I want you all to be happy too! LET’S BE HAPPY! 😉

This was a long day and I’m shaking! I need to get rid of that. But I stand with the smile! :)

Working Mode

I have spent the last few weeks in the working mode. I put myself here already over two months ago, but I made myself visible to the day light almost all the time, though… Now, then again, I want to concentrate in this. CONCENTRATE? ME??!

Last Thursday morning was one, that I really liked! Woke up 5 am, light breakfast, Elixia 6 am - 8 am (they let me to use the big halls for the VASA practices!), breakfast to a presentation at 9 o'clock at Turun Messukeskus!
Last Thursday morning was one, that I really liked! Woke up 5 am, light breakfast, Elixia 6 am – 8 am (they let me to use the big halls for the VASA practices!), breakfast to a presentation at 9 o’clock at Turun Messukeskus!

I’ve accepted a few working gigs in the rest of the month, but I promise to do my best in keeping my concentration. I’m not traveling to any too inconvenient locations = I can practice 2 x 2 hours, every day. Except the most of the Sundays…  I will tell you what do I do in those practicing sessions, later, but for now I’ll just tell you this: I’ve improved! Shouldn’t it be enough…? 😉

I was quite sharp last time, as I should've been sleeping on the ball for 20 minutes! This stretches basically my whole frontside... and hurts my left shoulder. Not so much anymore, though... :)

I was quite sharp last time, as I should’ve been sleeping on the ball for 20 minutes! This stretches basically my whole frontside… and hurts my left shoulder. Not so much anymore, though… :)

I will try to focus in the VASA Concept as dutifully, as possible now. You may hear some news considering the New Run documentary soon, but for now, I’m out!

P. S. Happy Mother’s Day!

To every mother, but especially my own Mother! Love you.
To every mother, but especially my own Mother! Love you. Even though we look like fools in this one…

 

 

Director\’s Words

I’m really stoked on the teaser my man Miikka made. I’m afraid though, that I’m not the right person to talk about it. The director Miikka, then again seems to be. At least, I really liked his thoughts:

 

It’s already 5 years since the day my friend Pekka Hyysalo crashed in our freeski shortfilm shoot in Ylläs, Finland. I was a few hundred meters away from the landing and saw everything through my camera monitor.

It’s been a long way for Pekka but also a long way for all the other people involved the events in Ylläs that spring. I have to thank all the people who helped us with the situation back there on the slopes. Thank you AjPetri,AarniIisakkiOskariJussiMattiTuomasOlli-pekkaAnttiIisko & others that I can’t remember now!

The reason I started to work on the documentary is quite simple. I had the story in my mind already but Pekka contacted me about it and then it started to happen. My motivation to do this documentary is to tell Pekka’s story. It is so powerful and his determination is so strong that I’m confident that the documentary will inspire and push other people as well. I hope we can help people in hard situations not to give up. This documentary is also important to me and I’m quite sure to all the people who were in Ylläs slope that day.

I’m really thankful for all the people who have shared, liked, viewed and donated already to push the message and the teaser. If you feel like it share this teaser and the link to our crowdfunding campaign http://mesenaatti.me/en/NewRun/.

Thank you!

 

Miikka doing what he does best.
Miikka doing what he does best. 
ps. We really would need your help. For the time being the teaser has been viewed over 300000 times! but I’d like to remind that, we can not finish the documentary if we don’t reach our goal.

Five Years! – And Still Smiling… ;)

Hello to everyone! Yesterday I returned from an emotionally very hard-, glad- and certainly a very awesome of a trip! I’m still blown away… I’m just going to give you a very simple, short version of my trip: Last Thursday I flew to Kuusamo and went to my ex. in laws’, stayed there until Saturday, when we started filming the documentary about, my injury and my rehabilitation process, New Run there. On Saturday we drove to Rovaniemi, where I staid until Monday. Then we drove to Ylläs… to spend the five year anniversary of my survival.

We went to train, to a very familiar location to us with AJ in Kuusamo. In this athletic center we spent countless hours back in the days!
We went to practice VASA concept, to a very familiar location to us with AJ in Kuusamo. In this athletic center we spent countless hours back in the days!
Crawling in an other very familiar location...
Crawling in an other very familiar location…

 

I got a dear friend, Jani Johansen, in whose cellar I'm balancing at. I'm trying to be a Buddha! ;)
I got a new, dear friend, Jani Johansen, in whose cellar I was trying to be a Buddha! ;)

 

Some may think it should’ve been a sad day for me, but I disagree. On 28.04.2010 – my life changed, forever. My life before that day, was the dream, for me, but to have gotten another change, a New Run in life, is something I will cherish even more than the dream.

This is one of the spots I remember the best, the river crossing spot! Emotional.
This is one of the spots I remember the best, the river crossing spot! I was emotional, 5 years, but still smiling! ;)

What I’m going to share with you now, is something we need your help in. You all know that, we’ve been already filming for a documentary. I just told you, again! 😉 It’s going to be a great one, I know it. Especially if, we get to do it like we want it, without any restrictions… this would mean that, we wouldn’t get any major financiers. We believe that YOU all, could be willing to throw in some sum of money, to see the final documentary! No matter how big or small of a sum, but together we can do this!

I’m going to link you to the website, where you can help us. http://mesenaatti.me/en/newrun/ (You can see a video there, too!)

Thank you!