“Nu kan du andas igen” is a collection of texts and illustrations I produced during the six months, in 2016, when I was forced to stay very still and rest for my body to be able to heal after two big surgeries in my stomach.
The book is a mix of personal writing, poems, graphic design and illustrations. My initial plan was to make a beautiful and funny book about what happens when a creative person is forced to stay very still for a long time – not being able to move around as usual.
When I read and look at what I produced during that time, I realize this book maybe isn’t for everybody. It did not end up being that funny, quirky story with a happy ending that I planned to write. Not everybody will have the guts to read it and take it all in. The book turned into a dark and quite sad story about life. I now realize this was something I had to write and draw for myself. The book is almost like my alibi. ”This really happened to me. And I survived it.”
The book turned into a healing process. Something I needed to get done so I could take the next step away from this traumatic experience. If somebody would ask me who the book is for. My answer would be: For anyone who has ever felt deep pain, has been very afraid and sad and most of all for those who have longed for something. Longed for a change. So, maybe it is for everybody, after all?