My story began with disappointments. I was playing soccer, qualifying for the Icelandic national team try-outs, and having to cancel due to injuries.
I was injured most of my athletic career, I pushed through, but I was in continuous pain. The mental aspect of being injured was, in my case, far worse than the physical aspect. I felt weak. I didn’t want to address my injuries due to shame.
When I got my diagnosis, at 23 years old, a ton of weight was lifted of my shoulders. Over the next 7 years I finished my MSc degree in physical therapy – sustained 2 cardiac arrests – was hired as the PT for the Icelandic men’s national team in basketball – and helped a lot of people, including myself – became extremely happy and hopeful.