Helle-Viv Helle Magnerud - That's how she rolls!


Helle-Viv Helle Magnerud likes metal music, is in love with Captain Jack Sparrow and would like to understand her cat at least once. She advocates more public commitment, disability rights and their realisation. What kind of dreams she has and why dolphins and pirates play a role in it, she tells us on REHACARE.com.

Photo: Helle-Viv Helle Magneruda at the harbour between a bulky iron chain; Copyright: private

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Name: Helle-Viv Helle Magnerud
Age: 52
City: Bergen, Norway
Occupation: Works with marketing for Uloba Independent Living Norway SA
Impairment: Cerebral Palsy
Photo: Helle-Viv Helle with poster "I am not perfect, but I am limited edition"; Copyright: private

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When did you last laugh heartily and what about?

Helle-Viv Helle Magnerud:
I laugh very easily so I guess every day. Life is good and laughter makes it even better.

What have you always been wanting to do and why have you never done this so far?

Helle-Viv Helle Magnerud:
Swim with dolphins. I can’t swim and I am afraid of water and what’s in it! I am also afraid of heights, but last month I jumped out of an airplane to skydive from 12000 feet – so I know that one day I will dare to swim with dolphins too. It’s on my bucket list.

Which person has influenced you most?

Helle-Viv Helle Magnerud: My dad. He taught me how to swear, how to rise again after falling and to smile through tears. Unfortunately, he died due to cancer last summer, but he is still with me and I know he is so proud of me.

You have the chance to become the German Federal Commissioner for the Disabled. What would you do first?

Helle-Viv Helle Magnerud:
Make sure that all disabled people in Norway who want personal assistants to live free and independent lifes – get it. It’s a legal right in Norway, but many of our local communities do not understand or do not want to understand the law and therefore a lot of people don’t have the possibility to live their life as they want to.

Photo: Helle-Viv Helle Magnerud at skydiving; Copyright: private

Helle-Viv Helle Magnerud has jumped out of an airplane in spite of acrophobia; © private

I would like to be ...

Helle-Viv Helle Magnerud:
A pirate! I just love the clothing, the living, the everything. Except the drinking – I don’t drink myself. I collect skulls and of course I’m in love with Jack Sparrow.

Which questions would you like answered the most?

Helle-Viv Helle Magnerud: How can I eat soft ice without spelling it all over me? Why don’t I understand what my cat says? Why can’t people just say "you can" instead of "you can’t" to disabled people?

What I finally want to say...

Helle-Viv Helle Magnerud:
You may say I’m a dreamer, but I am not the only one.