SPORTS, FITNESS & DANCE

Sport is everything

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

Rebecka Bellander

Paralyzed from one day to another

My name is Rebecka, I'm 22 years old.  I'm half Montenegrin and half Swedish, but live in Sweden.  This story started when I was 16 yrs old when my life changed drastically.  At that age I contracted Transverse Myelitis, which resulted in me becoming a wheelchair user.  From beeing a promising football player to being told I would never play again was very hurtfull.  After completing my rehabilitation I felt like I was missing something. I had to begin doing some kind of sport again to feel happiness and life motivation! I started to try wheelchair tennis.  From the first hit I would say I loved it.  I started to play 2-3 times a week and improved a lot.  Then I was invited to the Swedish national team camp and after that I started playing more serious. Today I'm number 1 in Sweden, I have a world ranking of 54, and I travel all over Europe at least once a month to play tournaments on the wheelchair tennis tour. I found my thing and I'm blessed because of that. <3 Besides tennis, I'm also in my last year of university. In about a year I'll be a primary school teacher. Yes, in a wheelchair!  Working with kids is just amazing because they give back so much. Thank you for taking time to read my story, and please don't forget to follow my story!

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