Winner of 'Extraordinary Woman of Year 2011' after surviving a huge brainstem stroke with locked in syndrome at 39.
Imagine being buried alive, where you can think and feel normally, but move absolutely nothing? You can hear & see everything going on but you are unable to communicate you can understand anything to anyone?
Fast forward 11 months, and imagine not only fighting back to a normal life, as opposed to an existence, but to now being able to change the lives of so many people, like me and globally is a huge privilege.
I have featured across a range of UK and global media, from America to India to Australia and South Africa across all media platforms - TV, radio, newspapers, magazines and the internet. Including:
ABC Australia, SBS Insight TV, BBC World, BBC Breakfast, BBC Newsnight, ITV This Morning, British Science Festival 2012, The Sunday Indian Times, Victoria Derbyshire podcast, BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine ...
I act as a national advocate for anyone affected by stroke and have become a respected lay stroke recovery expert.
My charity has just become a coalition member of the prestigious UK Stroke Forum. Recently, Fighting Strokes has been voted as a Steering Group Member on the UKSF which will help us influence stroke policy even more.
My hunch and experience, led to the development of a feasibility research study application (which was later approved and awarded £250,000) with Nottingham and Keele Universities.
I am heavily involved in developing an unique app to help people both physically and emotionally who are affected by acute Locked In Syndrome either from stroke or acquired brain injury (although I need help with funding!)
My stroke highs & lows blog ARockyStrokeRecovery has over worldwide 50,000 hits in just 2 years which means that my musings have perhaps struck a chord with others?
The Deputy PM asked me to be a guest of honour at the Olympic Opening Ceremony in London 2012, and I'm going to attend a Buckingham Palace garden party for my charity work.
My showreel is here: View on YouTube
I am on Twitter so please come and hang out! @kateallatt @fightingstrokes.