Giles Dawnay

Doctor recovering from a small stroke, runner, cyclist, writer, curious about life and what's important.

I am a Junior Doctor based in Hereford. This year, from nowhere, I had a small stroke which knocked me off my feet. Thankfully no major physical damage but the recovery was still heavy and long. As a way of coping I took to writing (prose and poetry) as a way of coping. This resulted in a short book telling the story of the stroke and also reflecting on life in general which i call Brushstrokes

Prior to becoming a Doctor I studied English Literature and Spanish before working as an overseas volunteer project co-ordinator. I was fortunate to live and work in such amazing places as Peru, Ghana and Fiji. Helping in rural volunteer projects such as school renovation and teaching english, along with then adventurous travel that took us trekking to Machu Pichu, road trips to Timbuktu and rafting in the back rivers of the Fijian interior. It was an amazing life.

Through these experiences I began to see Medicine as a worldwide relevant skill. Every culture has a doctor of one description or other. I felt drawn to this and thankfully was given a place at Bristol Medical school when I as 27. I graduated 2 years ago and have just completed my foundation training.

Away from, medicine I am a keen runner and cyclist. Having spare time as a student I ran my first marathon before being bitten by the endurance bug. Since then I managed an IronMan in 2011 before moving into ultra marathons.