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Gonna Fly Now!: Locked-in Laughter Unleashed: Funny Tales From a Stroke Survivor [Kindle Edition]

Kate Frances Allatt
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Kate Allatt’s second book reveals that her sense of humour is a vital coping mechanism when she tries to pick up the pieces of her shattered life following a major brainstem stroke. Locked-in and paralysed, Kate was deprived of all that we take for granted. Our ability to walk, talk, swallow and laugh. Everyday family life and daily routines.

Her gritty no-nonsense story of how her life has changed since Feb 7th 2010 could be described as an autobiographical novella, which poignantly shows how a post stroke holiday abroad with friends enables her to reflect on her extraordinary recovery.

The warmth of Kate’s friendships heats the fingertips as each page is turned, and the book is as much about the strength of the human spirit as it is about the legacy of her stroke.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1421 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kate Frances Allatt (20 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083V7VYQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176,372 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ex-fell runner, married to Mark, a 41 year old mum of 3, former business owner, family maker, planning to scale Kilimanjaro via the western breach for her 40th! Booked and paid for, it never happened.

Her raw, vivid yet uplifting, real life happy-ever-after stories give real hope. Kate is not an exception as you will read, but she has tackled her brainstem stroke with locked in syndrome in a resilient, unique and public way. Her story inspires other loved ones who suffer a similar, awful fate. She proves she has determindness in spades and how the brain can retrain itself almost perfectly. The stories of so many others survivors also appear in her second book - Gonna Fly Now! which is incredibly funny and honest, (though more contemplative than her first book - Running Free)

Friendships, her laughs and her approach to coping and thriving from a life of 'being buried alive' is utterly inspirational.

Kate founded her charity Fighting Strokes which already
"Inspires and empowers anyone affected by all strokes, including Locked-in Syndrome, to help their recovery, who are under the age of 60 years of age."

She seeks to work with all young and determined stroke survivors and their caregivers and children, but also reach out to healthcare professionals, so that her experience and the practical advice, may help support and encourage improved young, stroke, care recovery and hopefully reach anyone coping with illness. She personally visits many brainstem stroke with locked in syndrome patients and their families. Her insight has been totally unique and is a huge support to loved ones the world over.

Ever ambitiously, Kate wants to change the way people are nursed, the therapy they recieve and early negative pessimism of likely prognosis by medics. How the brain retrains itself, otherwise known as, Neuroplasticity is a fascinating subject to Kate.

Kate is extremely lucky. Becoming the 'young stroke survivors mouthpiece', makes her feel worthy and fulfilled.

Available for inspirational speaker events.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like witnessing your own funeral! 29 May 2012
When Kate Allatt woke up in hospital to find she could not move any part of her body except her eye-lids, that was bad enough. But when she realised doctors believes she would never walk, talk, swallow or laugh out loud again, the horrors of Locked-In Syndrome hit her hard. It must be like witnessing your own funeral as you realise your life as you knew it, is going on without you. To all intent and purposes the Locked-In stroke survivors old life has 'gone'. Your life is over. Your friends and family are trapped themselves in a mourning process of sorts. Will the stroke survivor ever 'come back'? Thankfully, hope, positivity and determination won through. Kate Allatt is a true survivor. A real heroine and just when you thought she would put her feet up and take it easy she surprises the reader even more. Chapter by chapter. Laugh by Laugh. Kate's ability to laugh at her misfortune and help other stroke survivors makes you realise she has been on an incredible journey and is helping other on theirs too. I won't be surprised if we hear more about what Kate does next! Gonna Fly Now! is a page turner...and reminds us all NEVER to take our everyday lives, family and friends for granted. Kate is lucky to have three fantastic 'best friends' who nurtured her and believed in her recovery and were determined to help her 'fly' again in the sense of enjoying her newfound freedom and seizing life again. She is lucky to have a family who believed in her comeback. She is lucky that she once saw a film called 'Rocky' (the book title is named after the famous film theme tune) and in her time of need, imagined she was Rocky Balboa - the underdog turned victorious champion. However, it cannot all be down to 'luck' that Kate survived against the odds and willed her body to 'work again. The sheer courage and determination of the mother of three jumps out from the page and certainly packs a punch! An unbelieveable read from a woman who believed in the unbelievable and never gave up hope.
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5.0 out of 5 stars kate allatt gonna fly now 7 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I had already read Kates 1st book which i found very inspiring. i myself have been fighting auto immune disease for 20 yrs and love to read inspirational stories they keep me motivated . I too am a runner. I couldnt wait to read this next book to see how kate was getting on i have just been diag with yet another auto immune disease but 6 months later i am back running again. i believe that reading stories like kates, jane tomlinson, oscar prestorius lance armstron they r all true fighters i really do hope kate gets to meet her hero Silvester stallone some day if your listening rocky give her a call.x
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr 3 July 2012
By AggyB
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have spent a week in the sun and looked forward to reading this Ebook and I wasn't dissapointed. I found it inspiring, miraculous, dangerously honest and witty. How Kate can write such a positive and upbeat piece demonstrates the real grit and determination that this lady has!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'd rate it 10 stars if there was the option! 9 Jun. 2012
By Hazel
A 'MUST READ' follow up to book no.1 'Running Free'- once again I couldn't put this down. Highly inspiring and very honest - keep up the excellent work!! :)
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By katie37
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Having read Kate's first book I had been following her on the fighting strokes fb page and waiting for this book to come out. My father suffered from motor neurone disease before his death in 2006 so I knew abit about patients with this level of disability although obviously his got progressively worse rather than an initial horrendous hit and I was interested to know about her story. Wow - a great and more importantly honest read (the first book should be on every medical person working with strokes reading list!). This book also does not disappoint at all - still that trademark honesty and humour and her determination shines through and inspires - only tonight whilst running a measly 2 miles along the seafront I thought to myself ..."come on, if Kate can do all that"... and I have never met the woman! I particularly think for someone like me who is in good health but finds reasons not to exercise at times it is a must to get you going and also gives you a real sense of carpe diem.
Often when you read a second "autobiographical" book from someone it is more of the same but this isnt and is another gripping read with a slightly different focus. Years ago I read and reread many times Lance Armstrong's various books such as "It's not about the bike" - finding him totally inspiring and again very honest in his fight to return to health, this is right up there with those!
Well done in every respect and I look forward to a third book maybe?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book to read 1 July 2014
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I loved your books Kate, I think you are a totally amazing person who will be a lifeline to many people both now and in the future. I hope everybody everywhere manages to read your books as they can truly be a life giver if people understand what to do in the same circumstances. I wish you all the luck in the World as I think you deserve it. I AMA very emotional person so spent most of the time reading your books in tears. I am grateful that I now know what to do if faced with this. I think you are blessed to have such a fantastic Husband and such amazing Children. GOD BLESS YOU KATE ALLATT. I GIve You All The Stars In The Universe.

X X X X XX X X 1 MILLiON STARS Thank-you
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