Eirin Kristin (29) from Balsfjord sits on the bed in her home in Oslo. She was shot four - in the stomach, arm, right knee and right armpit - times during the terrorist attack carried out by Anders Breivik on the island of Utoya in July 2011 while trying to protect some of the younger children at the AUF (Workers' Youth League) camp. Now Eirin works as a Political Adviser for the Norwegian Labour Party and focuses on the '10-year project of the Labour Movement following 22 July'.

'As a person who has been shot four times, I am doing very well. There is nothing my body can't do. The incident affects me because I have had experiences that most other people do not have. It provides an insight that I take with me in my political involvement. I learned a lot about myself, not least to enjoy life while having it.'

Her advice to herself: 'Do not lose faith in yourself. You are good enough, skilled enough, strong enough. Dare to be vulnerable and sad when you need it, because what you have experienced is so incomprehensible and painful. Live in the moment and do not think about everything that did not come about as you planned.'

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