Never betray your childishness! It is like a gold mine under the rubble of your problems, your fears - a sun that never goes out
Born under the zodiac sign of Cancer, in June in Haguenau, France, and in 1971 in the Tibetan Year of the Metal Pig, I cherish and preserve my positive memories of my childhood in southern Germany. Cancers like to hold on to the tried and true, while Metal Pigs are single-minded in their pursuit of happiness - so I rejoice in my childlike joy as much as in my constant curiosity.
It is not because it is hard that we dare not do it, but because we dare not do it that it is hard
As the daughter of an enthusiastic teacher, my curiosity was always fed and fueled. And when I wanted to give up because it seemed too hard, she always had a clever Latin saying in store to motivate me to continue. My pronounced thick skull and my father's saying "impossible nés pas français" (impossible is not French) further encouraged my love of learning. Thus, despite increasing blindness, I managed to pass my Abitur and then my studies at the Free University.
I am not afraid of storms. I am learning how to steer my ship.
It was not quite so simple and direct when I learned that I was going blind. Anger, despair, fear and the prejudices in society, sometimes brought me to the edge of giving up. But my optimism and strong sense of dissent, along with the support of my family, wife and friends, kept me going. Even when I couldn't find a job after graduation and decided to change my career and train to become a non-medical practitioner. Even when the health department told me after school that I would not get a license because of my blindness. Even when I opened my practice in 2010 and still found hardly any patients... And it was worth it! In December 2012, I finally received my "permission to practice the healing arts without a medical certificate" before the Federal Administrative Court. Since May 2013 I am the first blind alternative practitioner in Germany.
Live as if you would die tomorrow. Learn as if you would live forever
I can't imagine a life without learning. That's why I enjoy my work so much. Not a day goes by that I don't learn something new - from my patients, from my dogs, from the world around me... A hurdle in my path, an unanswered question, is always a reason to keep researching and learning. And because that is still not enough for me, in October 2020 I started the Master's program in Applied Positive Psychology at Buckinghamshire New University, UK.
I'd rather walk with a friend in the dark than alone in the light
Gifted by life with so many helping hands around me, I very rarely feel alone. They share with me the struggles, but also the joy. Without them, my life would not be nearly as colorful and exciting, as safe and secure. Since 1974, I have had my sister by my side as a not uncritical support. Since 1979, my best friend and soul sister Ingrid, who became my wife in 2018, has shared all my ups and downs. In addition, there is a protective and supportive circle of good friends and not to forget my work assistants. Somewhat different, but at least as faithful support me my guide dogs - from 2008 to 2022 Chanel and starting in 2023 Gaia.