I was taken into the accident and emergency wing of the hospital on 17 March 2015, with a life-threatening subarachnoid haemorrhage. I was only 38 years old and had always been a healthy person. I was successful, career-oriented and travelled the world while working too many hours, with no time to relax and think. Then, one night, I suddenly became extremely ill…..and my whole world fell apart.
I was in the hospital for nearly two months, and after four intense brain surgeries, I had difficulty understanding what was happening to me and why.
My memoir covers my journey to recovery and how my perspective has drastically changed, as I now see the important things in life. The materialistic things don’t matter to me and I want to focus on the true meaning of life. I had to relearn how to do the simplest tasks, like climbing stairs, retuning noises due to losing some sense of hearing, severe constant headaches when watching any TV, learning how to use my mobile devices without having motion sickness, etc. My personality changed, and I was left with short term memory loss, intense mood swings, an emotional state of mind, being very direct when talking, having the black and white thinking, and losing that middle ground of understanding. This new life also had a major effect on my relationships, family, and view of work.
Another main principle of my book is to deliver information from reliable sources to educate readers and raise awareness of this troubling illness. Throughout my struggle to recover, I force myself to have new experiences and show by example that anyone can bounce back from such adversity and live life to the fullest, as it should be lived. My book is my story of learning the most valuable lesson of all, that life is precious and should never be wasted.
I was treated by having 4 brain operations leading to having a Shunt inside. As you may know the condition is 50% survival and can cause serious disabilities like loss of hearing, inability to walk, partial paralysis and brain damage.
I’m extremely lucky that I’ve overcome most of these and now trying to do my best to give something back to help others. I have created video blogs, do regular motivational talks at schools and for charity including the Royal College of Surgeons London. I am an Ambassador for the Brain and Spine Foundation Charity in the UK that have been a great support network for people and families like mine. As well as working full time as a VP in a worldwide fashion company – Li & Fung, doing this has been more rewarding for me than I could ever imagine.
Part 1 https://youtu.be/qM7qgw79k_o
Part 2 https://youtu.be/jyjBa-Nxvjw
Part 3 https://youtu.be/7V5ESdgSnrU
I’m trying to reach out to many organisations across the USA and UK, after doing some research, I have found Different Strokes to be very inspiring.
My memoir “Room 23: Surviving a Brain Haemorrhage” is being released as an e-book through Amazon in November 2018, but pre-order available now Please make sure you use the Amazon Smile link https://differentstrokes.co.uk/give-as-you-shop-with-amazon-smile/
Amazon Smile is the same as Amazon, with all the same products and prices BUT once you have set Different Strokes as your charity of choice, Amazon will donate 0.5% of every purchase to Different Strokes, but at no cost to y ou!!