Movember Close Down

Sunday 12/15/13

So, Movember has passed and my moustache is gone. I'm sure many of you think it's a shame, but hey, there's no need to be depressed: the next Movember is less than 11 months away! 

This year´s campaign was a real success not only for me personally, but also for my team Huuhkajat, and for the entire Finnish campaign. My personal campaign managed to raise 220 euros, which is exactly 220 euros more than last year. My team Huuhkajat (the Finnish national team in football) finished at 17 204 euros being the biggest fund raiser in Finland, and the whole Finnish campaign had a significant increase in both registrations as well as raised funds ending up at 17 323 registrations and 400 000 euros!

It´s been a great experience to be a part of the power of the Mo.

A big thank you to everyone who supported & followed my moustache. I'm counting on you again next year!

 

As Movember finally has finished I have suddenly lots of free energy that previously was reserved for growing my moustache. Now I've been directing it to my rehabilitation. I'm making progress (though slowly) even though this week has been more or less off because of illness. When I feel fit enough to continue working on my rehabilitation I am going to try out ice skating as an addition to my training program. No shocks on the knee joint and at the same time a good exercise for the legs – that's at least the plan. I´m eager to see how it works!

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Movember: Two Days Remaining

Friday 11/29/13


Movember is the month formerly known as November, which I consider as the best month of the year (someone is born in November :) ). Movember is a charity campaign where men grow their moustache during November to raise awareness of men's health issues and raise funds for the research of prostate cancer and testicle cancer. (More info)

As many of you probably already know, this year I´m an active Mo Bro. The campaign is still running and I would be more than grateful for your support. (Go to My Mo Space)

Also my Movember team Huuhkajat (the whole Finnish football national team) has contributed in big scale for the campaign. I am very proud of the great fundraising by the whole team and of the huge publicity this has generated and no to forget the joy that this campaign has spread.

I´ve also tried my best to help the guys who organize the whole Finnish campaign. It´s been great fun and very educative. What a great experience for me to work so closely with these amazing people and with such a dynamic and interesting campaign!

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Perspectives

Thursday 11/28/13 time 12:46 PM

It seems like time has wings. It´s already late Movember, nearly 3 months since my last surgery, and around 8 months since I injured myself again last spring, and yet I´m not fit for football. I can´t hide it - these months have been (and still are) a real struggle. I keep fighting but even the hardest fighter meets moments when it feels like it would be easier to give up.

When you work on rehabilitation from day to day fully focused on getting better it might get really hard when your body isn´t working and progressing as hoped. The perspective narrows and you might start seeing things from a negative point of view.

But the last few weeks have again given me a glimpse of hope. I´ve had some progress at the gym and I´ve copied a very effective new training method from the cross-country skiers:  walking uphill accompanied by ski sticks. The best thing is that my knee seems to tolerate this type of training well. I even hope to be able to progress and start running uphill in a few weeks. After a good training session with less pain in the knee and body full of endorphins you suddenly see things from a different angle. For me this means that I realize that it really isn’t that long since my last surgery nor since I injured myself for the first time, and that my knee doesn´t hurt in everyday life anymore. I’ve also found great joy from the newly started co-operation with a new physical coach who has great understanding for athletes coming back from longtime injuries. And finally, I´ve actually made some progress in the last weeks!

My spirit can be found in the words of Rocky Balboa: "You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!"

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