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. www.KateAllatt.com.