10 years (2016) on my story
“What does not kill you makes you stronger- A decade on”
This is me, exactly a decade on from having a “brain attack”. I am indeed a stroke survivor, I have survived the life threatening blood clot in my brain. I survived the agonising separation from my family and most of all my 2 week old baby girl as I spent approx. 5 weeks apart each night whilst I was in hospital. I survived the endless questions in my head of: Why me? Will I die? Will I have another stroke? Will I be able to be the mother I want to be for my children? And as time passed Will I mange to work again?
Despite this I feel I am a better person, a physio who truly understands some of the “trauma” my patients experience and so connect with them. It felt odd to treat patients like myself and took a while to get my head round it, but now I use my insight and can thank my luck stars I am out the other side. Its now my time to give to others and my profession helps me to do this.
Luckily for me the answers are now clear. I am a survivor, a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a teacher, a colleague. It was not without struggle and doubt, I was lucky as I had all the love one person needs from my family and friends, I thank god for them all.
I love my life!