As it is typical for her zodiac sign Libra, Julia Andres is a sociable person. However, due to her MS and especially the fatigue associated with it, it was meanwhile difficult for her to leave the bed. Why she had to learn how to come to terms with herself alone and what advice she would give to others, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
Name: Julia Andres Age: 26 City: Frankfurt am Main, Germany Occupation:Skilled nurse, currently retired Impairment: Through my multiple sclerosis I have got cognitive and physical impairments
Julia Andres: Sometimes curious situations which rather made me want to cry. But laughing is often the better option for me. Of course, so are my fellow people. In general, I can - fortunately - laugh about a lot of things and see most of it calmly. :-)
What have you always been wanting to do and why have you never done this so far?
Julia Andres: Singing in front of a crowd. The only reason why I haven't done that yet was because of the fear of not being good enough. But I don't have that fear any more and will follow this wish of mine very soon.
Which person has influenced you most? And why?
Julia Andres: I think this person is actually me. My life was turned upside down by my disease so much that I had to completely realign myself and learn to listen to my body. So I have been very focused on myself for the last few years and I had to, because otherwise I would probably never have found myself so much. I have consciously used this time to recharge my batteries and to be able to focus more on my surroundings. But I was inspired by a lot of people. Most of all my comrades-in-arms, whom I deeply admire for their courage and fighting spirit. I got to know these dear people via the Internet in exchange about the same disease and many of them have become important friends for me.
You have the chance to become the Commissioner for the Disabled in your country. What would you do first?
Julia Andres: To increase the pension for people who are unable to work because of their disability/disease, because I know for myself that you live at the subsistence level. Especially when you're so young.
The 26-year-old deals with her MS disease openly. On her blog she writes about her everyday life, her thoughts on topics such as happiness and love and her experiences with the Coimbra Protocol.
What is especially near and dear to you?
Julia Andres: The welfare of people. I wish for everyone to find happiness. In whatever. The most important thing is to be satisfied and happy. About the HOW each one has to decide for him- or herself.
I would like to be ...
Julia Andres: ...healthy again. I would appreciate life much more than ever before and would take advantage of being able to do everything I could. Besides, I'd like to be a man for one day, just because I'd like to know if I would think and act differently. :-)
Which question would you like to get answered?
Julia Andres: I have stopped looking for answers to some questions. We will never get an answer to some questions and questioning only makes you crazy.
What else I wanted to say about me...
Julia Andres: Live today, because tomorrow it could be too late.