Her blog is actually a kind of diary, but – according to Katja Alekseev – it should encourage other women to stand up for their wishes. Currently, the 29-year-old is fully occupied with her studies, her blog and her work for DIE PARTEI. What she would do if she had more time and why air travel is not for her, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
Name: Katja Alekseev Age: 29 City: Cologne, Germany Occupation:Student of social work at TH Cologne Impairment: I live with a so-called spinal muscular atrophy. I took my life with a disability as an opportunity to keep a blog. There I write about how I experience inclusion in my very private environment. Mainly I write about topics like friendship, love, sex... These are mainly very personal experiences that I publish, so the topic inclusion should be considered on the interpersonal level. It's kind of a diary and I'm always very happy when my readers find themselves in my world of thoughts.
Katja Alekseev: Definitely my friends! I think I have the most disturbed people around me with whom I can have a great time.
What have you always been wanting to do and why have you never done this so far?
Katja Alekseev: Fly on vacation. I have such a terrible fear of flying that I urgently need to overcome. Until now I always went on holiday by car or train. Otherwise, I'm actually a person who does everything I want to do.
Which person has influenced you most? And why?
Katja Alekseev: There are many people who have positively influenced me. But if I had to choose one person now, I would like to mention my best friend.
I used to be a very different person. I was partly very ashamed of my sexual desire. In the past I would never have spoken openly about my sex life, let alone blogged about it. She has tickled my current openness out of me with very long and frequent conversations, which for a long time bubbled deep somewhere in me. She also strengthened my self-love for my body. I would probably have become an established person in this respect on my own, but by no means as quickly as I have become with her support. I am really very grateful for this encounter and the relationship with this wonderful person. Generally, I have a few friends who push me a lot on the level.
You have the chance to become the Commissioner for the Disabled. What would you do first?
Katja Alekseev: Since I am a member of the party DIE PARTEI, I would like to say at this point that we will not only make the lives of people with disabilities more bearable, if not very beautiful, once we come to power!
But my personal first official act would be to guarantee the personal assistance of all people with disabilities who depend on it. A life in dignity within one's own four walls must not be a nerve-wracking struggle.
Although she is pretty busy with her studies, Katja Alekseev will find some time to talk about her sexual self-determination in the REHACARE Forum at 28th September.
What is especially near and dear to you?
Katja Alekseev: My blog is especially important to me. My words are also mainly addressed in general to the women out there, who may also be pierced with great self-doubt, whether they have a disability or not. I just want all women to stand up for what they want. That is, of course, formulated in a very casual way, but I think it is understandable what I am trying to say. Of course, this applies to all genders in the world, but it is my heart's desire to be a mouthpiece for women.
I would like to be ...
Katja Alekseev: ... rich in time. Probably after my bachelor's degree, then I will only deal with things that really interest me.
Which question would you like answered the most?
Katja Alekseev: Why Angela Merkel still "rules" and why people do not consider the needs of all people in the elections when they put their cross. Perhaps then our government would look very different.
What I finally want to say...
Katja Alekseev: Make lemonade and let glitter rain in your life. This is a joke, of course! I just can't think of any wise advice. :)