i was having a ‘ball’ of a time with my professional soccer career
For sixteen years, both in the Netherlands and in the USA, I was tasting the successes of the game and clinching amazing wins.
My vigor for the game was still raw
I was close to fulfilling my dream of playing for the Dutch National Team. I was a national soccer champion at the peak of my career.
Sustaining a mildlTraumatic Brain Injury changed the entire trajectory of my life
I suffered three separate concussions. After my first concussion, I continued to play which worsened my symptoms. After a prolonged period of rest and recovery, I suffered two more concussions which adversely impacted my motor functions and ended my career as a professional soccer player.
Wrong treatment protocols for my TBI made matters worse. And then tragedy struck and my life came crumbling down.A lack of hopeful recovery and prognosis was disheartening. The constant ‘rest your brain’ advice from doctors didn’t help. So I chose to take control of my own health and cure myself.
My post-recovery brain scan marveled the doctors
I took control of my healing
Doctors attributed the exceptional recovery to my
individualized approach to healing and rehabilitation
I built up Momentum
Over the last ten years, I have slowly built up the
momentum to total transformation and a full
recovery, which has inspired many
I created my own path to recovery
I struggled with an invisible injury, which impacted
every aspect of my life. But with the help of family,
friends and faith, I overcame TBI and got a hold of my life
Family, Friends and Faith
My Twin Sister Nanja
My road to recovery was a long, personal journey. But my rehabilitation would not have been possible without the loving care and unending commitment from my wonderful twin sister,Nanja
Support is Key to Healing
No battle should be fought alone. Having a support network of friends and people who genuinely care for you is critical to overcoming any set-back life throws your way
Faith is critical to recovery
While professional soccer shaped me into the person I am, my brain injury unveiled the new person I am today. Adversity works like that sometimes. I am a believer and I have deep faith, and make no bones about it. I didn’t fight my recovery battle alone.