My post, An Inspiration to All, started the true story of Pär Rosengren. My story continues.
In 1994, doctors decided to try and correct Pär’s jaw. Bone was taken from his hip and used to build his upper jaw and then titanium screws were put in place. In 1997, a titanium frame was added to his face, as well as a machine that opened and closed his mouth. The consequence of that surgery was devastating for Pär. Prior to the surgery, he had been able to speak, even if it was difficult to understand him. Suddenly though, he was no longer able to, wasn’t able to eat either. He was supposed to have the frame just six months but six months painfully became eighteen months. Pär’s upper lip was too small to cover the frame; a saline balloon would be placed in his head and then at a later date, moved down to build him a new lip. In 1999, the balloon pushed its way out through his flesh. He went through fifteen surgeries that year to correct the damage.
During this terrible time, Pär still managed to educate himself even further. He became a web programmer and eventually went onto work with MTV. Not once, did he allow his afflictions to hold him back. Sadly though the IT bubble burst in Sweden and in 2001, things came to a rather abrupt end. Most people would break down and give up after all he went through, but not Pär. He just picked himself up, brushed himself off and stepped forward into an uncertain future. I personally think God chose Pär to teach us something about ourselves. After all he has been through, you would think, hope and pray, not more pain would come his way. I’m sorry to tell you, that’s not the case.
His lip shrank in 2010, it was decided they would take skin from under his left arm to rebuild the lip. Pär was ill, desperately ill. His blood levels dropped drastically and he was living on painkillers. The doctors sent him home just six days after the surgery, telling his parents, he had a bad cold. The very next day, he was back. Now his lungs were bleeding too.
Seriously, I could go on and on as there sure is much more to tell. I’m not going to though. I think it’s better to concentrate on the positivity of life, the amazing power; some of us have deep down inside, that urge to go on, no matter what. Pär isn’t the only human to know suffering first hand, not the only human to overcome his demons, to stand up and battle on. He is though, an inspiration to all of us. Pär, better known as Pelle Pop to me, turns forty this year. He’s one of my unsung heroes, a brave man, who has fought cancer as a child, who has defied death, who has looked to the future and who has just pushed on. He can’t talk as you and I might, can’t sit down to a hearty meal, is used to having people stare at him, question why he looks the way he does. He doesn’t let it get him down though, doesn’t turn tail and hide in some dark corner. He stands tall and proud, pushes on with the job of living. He’s painfully thin, but can be seen during the summer months, riding around on his Harley Davidson. Now that’s what I call a true hero.
In June of 1981, Pär’s mother and some other parents of cancer afflicted children; started the Swedish Child Cancer Foundation. His mother took the initiative to start the medical work group of the foundation to raise money for research. Both Pär and his mother were active for ten years, in the newspapers, on television and on the radio. They have handed the gauntlet over to other parents, who carry on their work. Pär was, at the time, the only child in Sweden to have survived Rhabdomyosarcoma.
Peace be with you
Here is a link to a mix that Pär (Pelle) is one of the composers of.