I am ‘Extraordinary Woman of Year 2011’ after surviving a huge brainstem stroke with locked in syndrome at 39.
Imagine being buried alive, where you feel and think normally, but you can move nothing? A state where you can see and hear everything going on around, but you are unable to communicate that you can understand everything 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 I was globally - it's a huge privilege.
I founded Fighting Strokes and have written 3 books in 3 years! Internationally published 'Running Free' & 'Gonna Fly Now!' & 'I Am Still The Same' 2014 (Amazon). I have featured across a range of UK and global media, from America to India to Australia and South Africa.
Including; British Science Festival 2012, ABC Radio Australia, 60 Minutes Australia TV, The Sunday Indian Times, Victoria Derbyshire podcast, BBC Radio 2 Jeremy vine, BBC The One Show, ITV This Morning, Globo TV Brazil, RTL Germany, BBC WORLD SERVICE, BBC Breakfast, the Voice Russia, ITV Daybreak, ITVs Holding Out for a Hero TV, Radio 5 Live.
I am a national advocate for anyone affected by stroke and respected expert.
My charity has just become a member of the prestigious UK Stroke Forum. I pioneered various research projects to improve the improvement progress for all stroke survivors. I am writing the first ever stroke support app which should be available to download later in 2014.
Mystroke highs & lows blog – ARockyStrokeRecovery – has over worldwide 50,000 hits in just 2 years!
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 by for my charity work.
My showreel is here: View on YouTube
I am on Twitter: @kateallatt, @fightingstrokes, @iasts, @runningfreerights