Never give up and look ahead – that is exactly what Kevin Hoffmann has already done. After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, he first fell into depression, but then fought his way back into a self-determined life on his own. What exactly makes him and others a fighter heart and who has always believed in him, the Social Media Manager tells us on REHACARE.com.
Name: Kevin Hoffmann Age: 29 City: Kassel, Germany Occupation: Social Media Manager Impairment: Multiple Sclerosis (affected since 2014)
Kevin Hoffmann: When my girlfriend and I annoy each other and give each other funny names.
What have you always been wanting to do and why have you never done this so far?
Kevin Hoffmann: Meanwhile I dare to do the things I would like to do. This also has to do with the Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis. Back then I tried to put everything off until later, but the disease opened my eyes. I always wanted to travel through Japan alone with my backpack and I fulfilled my dream three years after my Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis. The following year I flew straight back to Japan. I also parachuted in 2019 and was allowed to go to a seal in the enclosure to feed and pet it.
Which person has influenced you most? And why?
Kevin Hoffmann: If it is a person in my private life, it is probably my grandma. She always believed in me, although I did a lot of stupid things back then. She always told me that I had the potential to do good and that people liked to listen to me. I should use that to help the weak instead of putting myself above them. So I started early to support people who don't like to be the center of attention or dare to use their voice.
You have the chance to become the Commissioner for the Disabled. What would you do first?
Kevin Hoffmann: To digitize and simplify official procedures. For many people with disabilities it is unclear what they are entitled to and how they can apply for it.
What is especially near and dear to you?
Kevin Hoffmann: To help people with strokes of fate before they get into the downward spiral of negative thoughts. In my case, after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I ended up depressed. Today I would like to go ahead as an encourager – or as I call it Kämpferherz (English: fighter heart) – and build a community of special personalities who give each other strength. Others should not feel alone and helpless, as I did in the past. There is a future for us, and if we don't give up - no matter how hard the struggle becomes – we can achieve much more than we think. Often you can't do it alone and that's what I want to be there for.
I would like to be...
Kevin Hoffmann: … a well-known speaker, who motivates with his story and can speak in front of many people. I have always enjoyed performing in front of people and am happy when I can experience the positive reactions live.
Which question would you like to be answered the most?
Kevin Hoffmann: Probably somewhat obvious, but the answer to the question: When will Multiple Sclerosis be curable? Although I would almost prefer to know that for cancer.
What I still wanted to say...
Kevin Hoffmann: A stroke of fate is a test in life by which we can grow. If we believe in ourselves and the fighter heart in us, if we find solutions for problems and try to concentrate on what we still have instead of mourning what has been taken from us, we will find so many things worth living for! It is – as often heard, but still true – the little things in life.