Motivational speaker, SELF-BELIEF and stroke activist
Marketeer, Mum & former 70 mile-a-week fell runner Kate Allatt (46) suffered a brainstem stroke & locked in syndrome (LIS) when her children were 5, 8 & 10 years old. She won Extraordinary Woman in 2011 and founded her registered charity in 2011. She gave a TEDx speech & is a regular motivational speaker, trainer and lecturer.
We were invited to talk about the recovering brain to a sold out paying audience - that's a first for me! (Ok, so it was only £8 a ticket, but that was the closest I'd get to being like my new guilty pleasure, Ariana Grande!!)
Since 2010, when our lives changed forever, I have become convinced that my relentless pursuit of goals have helped me stay happy and alive, when much of my personal life was crumbling around me. Family issues, my ongoing physical health problems, friendships, my social isolation, feelings of worthlessness and social withdrawal...
Could it reduce clinical appointments times; free up limited resources; safely reduce clinical support services; reduce hospital appointments/re-admissions; save our GPS and attract/ retain health professionals who are hemorrhaging from the NHS?
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I over thought 24/7, seven days per week and felt horrific anxiety and fear. Fear that my husband may be encouraged to switch off my life support machine in the early days. I also suffered severe boredom, sleeplessness - because you slept out of boredom during the day - and experienced graphic hallucinations, that no one warned me or my family about. I was scared shitless of dying, then at other times, I wished I could physically pull the plug on my own life support machine.
21/02/2017 17:29 GMT
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