I was winner of Extraordinary Woman of Year 2011.
Keynote speaker. I had a massive stroke with ‘locked-in’ on 7th February in 2010 at the age of 39. My subsequent (and phenomenal) 3.5 year progress improvement, has given me enormous credibility as a patient advocate, author (Running Free & Gonna Fly Now!), blogger and an inspirational speaker.
Locked in syndrome is where you can't move anything, apart from blinking - though I felt everything for months, and I was always fully conscious from the moment I emerged from my medically induced coma.
I have always been determined, obsessed, focused & goal-driven. I continue to 'WALK MY TALK!'
I am personally interested in:
- Strenuous exercise, stress & undiagnosed Arrythmia causing Brainstem stroke in younger people. (My hunch)
- Researching the psychological, emotional impacts of stroke & NPA's (my idea too!)
- The effect of early medical pessimism on patient recovery progress
- UK Published stats on the incidence of Brainstem stroke & LIS
- The research/barriers that prevent the health professionals using Electric Stimulation (E.S) more often with brainstem stroke (My original idea!)
- The positive benefits of social media in the acute/community stages of all stroke
- The geographical disparities in the immediate stroke care across the UK
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Persistent Vegetative State - The ethical, medical issues & recommendations
- The science of neuroplasticity & brain re-mapping
- Educating medical staff, students, health professionals & clinicians
I have appeared many times across various global media throughout 2011-2013.
I passionately buy-in to the idea that YOU ONLY DIE ONCE!