As a 36 year old, happily married, Mum of 4, I thought my life was pretty perfect and I was invincible. A family bike ride one Tuesday afternoon 18 months ago, would change my life, and those of my family, forever.
A flip over the handlebars resulted in me breaking a blood vessel in my neck. As this vessel clotted, I suffered a massive brainstem stroke.
2 days later I was left with Locked-in-Syndrome – a condition where I was totally aware of my surroundings but only able to blink my eyes. My prognosis was poor, ranging from death to life in a nursing home able to move only my eyelids.
I have not made a complete recovery yet my level of recovery is somewhat miraculous.
I am not a writer. I am a young woman whose life has taken an unexpected turn. This is the story of my 6 month hospitalization, my transition to home, and my journey to accepting and embracing life with a disability.