Experience of: 25 years active for Pijn-Hoop

August 29, 1996: That day I had been busy painting the gangway of my boat. I would still do that the next day
give it a try and, when it is almost dry, sprinkle it with bird sand so that it is stiff. On the next day I took the dog
exhausts, and what I didn't know was that it had rained a little bit, so it was very slippery. I took a step onto the gangplanks and there I lay, down on the scaffolding with a broken arm and what was worse, a broken neck. The neurosurgeon came to see me after the operation and said that I had been very lucky.

exhausts, and what I didn't know was that it had rained a little bit, so it was very slippery. I took a step onto the gangplanks and there I lay, down on the scaffolding with a broken arm and what was worse, a broken neck. The neurosurgeon came to see me after the operation and said that I had been very lucky.

They also bore the pain I had to bear, they also had all the pain, unbelievable, I was no longer ALONE.
I no longer had to do it alone, but I could share and talk to people who had the same disability as me.
After the training, there were a number of people who started working for Pijn-Hoop, including me. There was no peer group in my home in Capelle a/d IJssel, so I started one with the support of an experienced volunteer from Pijn-Hoop. This one is still there, so it will also be 25 years old this summer. And hopefully will be around for a long time.

I've been through a lot over the years. My first wife died in 1998, but I knew from Pijn-Hoop that I didn't have to do it alone. So I immediately joined a grief group and got through it! In 2000, a brain tumor was discovered for which I had surgery. After a nine and a half hour operation and 27 radiation treatments, I was back, purely by looking at things positively and with the help of people from Pijn-Hoop. Now I have found a lovely woman again and I am busy working for Pijn-Hoop and that gives me a lot of satisfaction. I now also help with the training, which has helped me so much. I can't tell you how much satisfaction that gives me: seeing people come in, just like me then, and then leaving with a new flame in their eyes.
I am proud of the 25 years that I have been able to work for Pijn-Hoop.
We have been around for 35 years this year and I say: Pijn-Hoop chapeau!!!!

André Bandell

Patiëntenorganisatie Pijn-Hoop
Pijn-Hoop is een patiëntenorganisatie vóór en dóór mensen mensen met chronische pijn.
De patiëntenorganisatie richt zich op mensen met wat voor pijn dan ook. Dit kan ook pijn zijn waarvoor geen duidelijk oorzaak is te vinden. Dus iedereen met chronische pijn, van welk soort dan ook, kan zich aansluiten bij Stichting Pijn-Hoop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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