I thought I would tell you in English who I am:-)
My name is Hanne Halén, i´m 37 years old and lives in Oslo with my boyfriend Martin. I have been a professional handball player half of my life. I’ve played handball in Bækkelaget (Oslo), Nordstrand (Oslo), Ferrobus Mislata Spain, Ikast in Denmark and the Norwegian national team. I have played Champions League, I am Norwegian champion, Spanish champion, played the European Cup and have World Championship silver medal. Some of my greatest experiences in life have been through handball. My best friends and boyfriend, I have thanks to it. And I miss the adrenaline and the talks in the locker room every day.
But life as an athlete has also a cost. Sometimes we have lost the gold in the last second. The coach has been fired. The club has gone bankrupt. Discord between players has destroyed the team, and I’ve been seriously injured more times than I can count. I have been declared sports invalid. To much of my time in my career, has i focused on rehabilitation. 13 times I had surgery in the shoulder, ankle, knees and elbow. Now I stand above the most important one of them all. In a few weeks I get a knee replacement, although I´m really too young. I’ll share with you the process before and after surgery.
This blog will be about my life with and without handball, the process before and after knee replacement, food and my life with my boyfriend, family and friends.
How handball has always been and will be a part of me. All so how great it is to stand on top of the podium, and all so how unkind it is when your career is over and nocturnal sleep disappears because it is suddenly quiet and you have so much pain in your knees. I have sacrificed a lot for handball. Would I do it again? Yes. Without a doubt, but I would think carefully about it and stop before it went too far. I have loved and still love handball. But there is also a «backside of the medal.»
I will post more in english in the future, and my english will all so get better as we go:-)
I will share my thoughts, preparations, the process of operation, training and job to return to a pain-free life.
Hope you will find this interesting, and that I will meet someone that, have been through the same thing. Hopefully my story will help others, that´s why i share it with you 🙂