One year with cancer today; thank you!

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Today I celebrate one year with cancer! ✨

Being in the very end of it and with the next screening I will be ”cancer free” I can now assure that it was the best thing ever happened to me. I will be struggling for the year to come to regain my physic but thats nothing to complain about!

To enrich my life and to maintain the gratefulness of small everyday things and wonders I was recommended by Mikael Karlholm, a truly beautiful soul and a far better rehab specialist (working at a medically assisted detox near me), to set out on a 28 days quest of gratefulness guided by the book; The magic. I now done three laps and started every morning with writing ten things, big or small, that I’m truly grateful for. Everyday the book gave me an additional task from all imaginable layers of life to be grateful for. Relationship, money, career, family, self development, love and much more.

It has been a dramatic 12 months of my life and today on feb 14th of February when it’s my cancer anniversary day I want to thank life, all my beautiful friends and family and the universe for everything and I’m honestly grateful for the diagnose and chain of motion with all the good things that came along with it.

Cancer is the cresendo of my journey filled adventure, laughs, awesome experiences and joy but also a parallell dark journey full of car and bus accidents, destruction, tsunami in Khao lak, huge fire outbreak in Boracay with casualties, multiple injuries, surgeries and hospital time, being suicidal, broken childhood, drug abuse, bullemi, and general low self-esteem; all brought to me by the universal law of attraction. If it wouldn’t been for all my beautiful friends I guess I would have been long gone long time ago spiralling down my road of destruction.

If you always have negative thoughts about yourself, life will match those thoughts with negative happenings and circumstances. I been put on trail so many times during my life but I always somehow bounced back. When the cancer diagnose came I was of course first in chock but it didn’t take long until I felt this realm of calmness. It was just another obstacle to get through and I was always sure it was just another bump on the road and nothing else. It felt unfair but then again I hadn’t changed the view of myself.

The last decade I had enough and slowly started my journey to change that. I had enough. But change doesn’t come easy when it comes changing yourself and I’m still searching and working with myself everyday.
I’m now at peace with my broken upbringing and I have now forgiven my alcoholic mother because I now truly know she tried her very best with the hand given to her and the path she chose to walk. Being a parent is anything but easy. And on top of it being traumatised witnessing her own four year old daugter being crushed into a concrete wall by a drunk driver outside our house in Brazil does not make life easier for either her nor the family. The fact that her father commited suicide by throttling his car into a mountain wall when she was a young woman, only that, can get any person down the spirilling road to alcoholism and denial for ones own responsibility for happiness, forgiveness and magical life.

Cancer have speeded up my internal healing process, understanding of whats really important in life for me and given me a entire new meaning and for that I’m forever grateful. It given me new beautiful friends, opened doors I would be sceptical open before and on top of that opened my heart and eyes for the life I’m living today and for the man and father I want to be tomorrow.

Today I salute myself and celebrate this consumer friendly day of love by for once giving a lot of love to myself. My past doesn’t predict my future any more, I do. It made me who I am but it does not define my actions, who I want to be and the life I want to live. I honour my past but from today I won’t regret anything anymore.

Thank you life, thank you everyone that been in my life, thank you love, thank you past, thank you future to come and thank you all for all the love and support. I am truly grateful for everything and words are not enough to mirror how grateful I am for everything; and blessed with many moments and years to come.

I see you on the flip side of life, much love / Feffe <3

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Fresenius Kabi mocks cancer sick models with dirt low pay

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As a youngster I done some modelling for different brands like Heineken, SF, Telia and so on. I remember the up- and downside of the pay check from the different gigs. When you were the center of attention the check was high and on one or two gigs that I did as an extra (in Swedish; statist) the pay check was naturally low. 

Just weeks after that I got diagnosed with cancer I got put together with the photographer Juliana Fälldin that works among others with the pharmaceutical company Fresenius Kabi. They are releasing a new and important type of cancer product/medicine, to use Julianas own words, and were in need of cancer sick people without hair for a photo shot. I told her I was interested and put her in touch with two more since she needed three people and then the weeks went by.

Finally Juliana got in touch with me again, they finally decided on a plan for the gig and now were on the go to take pictures for the leaflet attending to sell the product. For the shot I was offered 1000 SEK and a goodie bag. Thanks Fresenius Kabi. This is a very normal fee for an extra (statist) but for sure not for a model, and in this case not even close ethically nor morally.

Now I don´t grace the view of myself as a model and I’m not greedy person. But the pay check of 1000 SEK coming from the pharmaceutical company Fresenius Kabi that the last 6 years had a turn around of more than 3 billion SEK and last year more than 3.5 billion with a profit with over 805 million SEK after wages and bonuses when selling cancer medicine, using cancer sick people in their advertising to sell more to hospital and cancer sick people while hardly paying for it is just disgustful and plain offensive!
I got really mad and several days ago I emailed the vice president Kirsten Nyland, Rebecca Rikner marketing coordinator and Tord Karlsson who is director of sales and marketing but neither have replied.

I’d be happy with 1000 SEK if the Fresenius Kabi put additional 25 000 to Ung cancer or Cancerfonden, just give all of it it to them instead. And don’t forget; the same amount for every person the played like they were going to play me for the last years. I can only imagine how many cancer sick people the took pictures of, using as advertisement for their products ,making huge profits and not even paying for the cancer sick faces of their products, just like how they wanted me to bend over, shut up and take it.

I know, since I both touched base with advertising being in the business and modelling years ago that the pay is not always a wet dream. But this is in my world just ridiculous. Like everything in life we all make decisions and Fresenius Kabi have a choice to right for themselves or not. Even if they would give away 25 000 SEK for each model to foundation either researching about cancer or a organisation that helps cancer victims, it would hardly affect the numbers, their profits nor their stocks.

I have no idea if this post will ever affect anything, make any sort of change or even make Fresenius Kabi take more morally ok decisions regarding the ad models they use or if my reaction will just fade away like they’re maybe hoping for. I still think it all really sucks and I’m disappointed with Fresenius Kabi and how they handle it all and that neither of the three persons that I emailed concerning this even replied. Maybe it’s me, being in the situation I’m in, over reacting to it all. But deep down in me it really doesn’t feel like I’m over reacting, you that reads this; you tell me! I write this hoping it will change things. Thats all I can do! <3