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The bomb has exploded now what do I do?

The bomb has exploded now what do I do?

Imagine the noise of a pneumatic drill and then a bomb exploding in your brain? Then imagine waking up inside your own coffin where you can think, feel, see and hear normally, but move absolutely nothing. AKA Locked In Syndrome. Worse still, imagine not being able to...

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People Power! Inspiring the Kings Fund!

Challenging traditional relationships and embracing shared decision-making by Marcus Powell The NHS Confederation conference last week was a busy affair; quieter, I’m told, than previous years but nonetheless a meeting place for reconnection, sharing and networking....

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PART 1: ‘She’d be better off DEAD!’

PART 1: ‘She’d be better off DEAD!’

On 6th February 2010 I was fell running, with a headache which I ignored, while I was a busy mum to India (10) Harvey (8) and Woody (5) and wife to Mark and worked full time.  Like most working mum's my life was extremely hectic. At midday the next day, I was actually...

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The story of my TEDx !

The story of my TEDx !

I was sat on my sun lounger in the baking sun of Olu Deniz when my phone blipped suddenly. I'd got an email from Yousif, the organiser of  Sheffield's 1st ever TEDx event.  He confirmed that he would indeed like me to speak at his 'live streamed' event at Sheffield...

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Guess What? I was right about electrical stimulation! Now NICE back it for DYSHPAGIA!

I pioneered the @escap_study  which proved feasible (due to go multi-centre) and ithe findings are just about to be published! But great news because an electrical stimulation treatment has been approved by NICE to treat the swallow condition I had severely in 2010/11...

Evidence FINALLY! Exercise helps locked in syndrome patients! VINDICATED

Read this published research, my anecdotal findings for last 8 years PROVEN!  Now for more locked in syndrome improvement research! Effect of Exercise on Physical Recovery of People with Locked-In Syndrome after Stroke: What Do We Know from the Current Evidence?  A...

Communication must be the 5th Vital sign in ICU !!!

Communicating there are ‘no promises just possibilities’ gives patients, but even more importantly, vulnerable family members, HOPE.  It’s not false hope, nor is it about quashing all hope of any future improvement either. Frankly, during the last 8 years of my...

Inspiring the self-belief to #thinkdifferently

Since February 2010, my life suddenly changed beyond all belief! Disbelief, would actually be more accurate. I suffered a catastrophic brainstem stroke. Yeah me, the thirty nine year old, obsessive, uber fit 70 mile-a-week fell runner and mum of three dependent...

Young stroke misdiagnosis in A&E is destroying lives & costing our NHS millions!

Amanda Ferguson (45) suspected drugs in the accident and amergency department. Jesse North (25) was diagnosed initially with vertigo in the emergency room but too was suffering with an early onset brainstem stroke. Steven Cassidy said ‘my mum was 49 and was diagnosed...