Walking despite a paralysis and being able to fly, although humans are not made to do so - for Susanne Boehme it is all just a question of imagination. Why the parachutist does not allow herself to be deprived of her sport and why there is hardly any increase to her previous life, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
Susanne Boehme: My son's childish humor. And not to forget the sloth scene in "Zoomania".
What have you always been wanting to do and why have you never done this so far?
Susanne Boehme: With great gratitude I can say that I have experienced almost everything I wanted to do and experience (and much more). For example, relatively soon after my accident I was back in my sport - as one of about ten paraplegics of that time. Ten worldwide, mind you. How could I increase that? What's left would not be PG-free.
Which person has influenced you most? And why?
Susanne Boehme: My husband. Because we have spent so much time together, have experienced so many incredible things together and can talk about everything. I appreciate his honest advice.
More generally: The group of skydivers, who I also call my second family. Because everyone there is accepted in their uniqueness and madness and because I meet so many fundamentally different people there that broaden my horizon.
You have the chance to become the Commissioner for the Disabled. What would you do first?
Susanne Boehme: To enshrine the human right to movement in the law. Sport should be promoted just as naturally as other auxiliary means.
Susanne Boehme doesn't like to think about what she cannot do - she just does it. She will not let her sport be taken away from her. And although she got her spinal cord injury during a BASE jump, it did not stop her from skydiving again.
What is especially near and dear to you?
Susanne Boehme: Questioning old, dogmatic boundaries. Often so much more is possible than one had previously thought.
I would like to spread the knowledge among the general public that there is such a thing as incomplete paraplegia, and that this is now more the rule than the exception. Too many freshly injured people have internalized the dogma that paralysed people are paralyzed and must unnecessarily overcome this mental barrier before they start with possibly promising training.
I would like to be ...
Susanne Boehme: ...rich and famous. Perhaps I will regret desire for fame one day because of all the downsides. But at the moment I'm burning to help as many people as possible with my experiences.
Which question would you like an answer to?
Susanne Boehme: How can we live peacefully and happily together?
What else I wanted to say...
Susanne Boehme: All crazy experiences that had no space in here, you can find in my book "Steh auf und flieg!" (English: "Get up and fly!")