On August 16, 1997, at the age of 38, I had a stroke.Â My right side was paralyzed, I had trouble speaking and I was very confused.Â It was scary â I live alone and I didnât know when someone would find me and I was unable to call for help. Thank God my Mother called me, realized that something was wrong, and had the police and ambulance dispatched to my home.Â I was in the hospital for a week.Â At first my prognosis was not so good but I worked very hard on getting use of my right side back.Â When I was released from the hospital I was doing well enough to be sent home instead of being released to a rehabilitation facility.Â I was under my doctorâs care for 6 months after being released from the hospital because I was on blood thinners.
In April 2010 I, Pekka Hyysalo was a professional free skier and last year graduate at Kuusamo Alpine
College. I was ranked 11th in the AFP ranking (Association of Free skiing Professionals, Big Air), when one jump changed my life. On 28.04.2010, while I was skiing the last trick in the end of a filming session at Ylläs. A blast of wind made me to overshoot the landing. I over rotated the trick, landed sideways, and all of a sudden, I was fighting for my life instead of AFP rankings. That wasn’t the end though. It was a turning point. I started the FightBack of my own.