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Running Free: Breaking Out from Locked-in Syndrome Paperback – 18 May 2011
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One of the most moving and inspirational books I've ever read about a remarkable woman. --Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner
When this book arrived in the Lovereading office it was snapped up over 4 consecutive days by 4 different people. Each reader was moved to both tears and laughter and read it virtually in a sitting. Running Free is a moving and inspirational story of survival that celebrates life, friendship and sheer bloody-mindedness. Please do read it --Love Reading
About the Author
Kate Allatt is a 40-year-old mother of three and a keen fell runner. She lives in Sheffield with her husband Mark and three children India, 11, Harvey, 10 and Woody, six. Before her stroke she ran her own digital marketing company and was preparing an expedition to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
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It's an upbeat book that's written in an easy style - highly recommended.
Having gone through a very similar experience as Kate, I found it made painful reading at times but it was utterly addictive.
The sheer determination of this lady and her bloody mindedness aided her miraculous recovery. Medical staff so often get things wrong and Kate refused to take their bleak prognosis laying down...pardon the pun! Sticking two fingers up, either literally or metaphorically,to 'professionals' and having the belief that nobody knows their own body better than themselves, highlights the strength of spirit that Kate possessed. She refused to accept the physical limitations that this cruel condition had placed upon her and didn't always heed medical advice but this strong will led her to astound medics and others alike and the speed and extent of her recovery was evidence of this.
The book made me laugh out loud, at times Kate's thoughts and irreverent attitude were just as mine had been when in the same position and the humour paralleled my own. At other times the tears flowed freely down my cheeks especially when Kate described the bravery of her children and the importance of having a trusted circle of friends.
This account of Kate's personal struggle, when the odds were stacked heavily against her, makes for powerful, thought provoking reading. It is a lesson to us all...we may think we have the perfect lives but as this story shows, it can all be snatched away without warning leaving behind a trail of decimation that only the brave and determined can overcome.
A thoroughly inspiring read which has affected me profoundly...enjoy and spread the word.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kate came to talk to the Royal College of General Practitioner conference in March this year. She stood in front of over 2000 GP's and told her story, she shared the lessons... Read morePublished 1 month ago by janey merron
Very interesting and uplifting book from someone who actually recovered from locked-in.Published 4 months ago by Mr. Laszlo Levai
SO inspiring. I bought this book after meeting Kate Allatt and being so impressed by her positivity. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing true story what an amazing strong women very well written and heart felt.Published 10 months ago by LUCYPALLY
Fantastic read. Well written , a true triumph over tragedy. Couldn't put it down. Would definitely recommend this great bookPublished 11 months ago by MISS K L FRANCIS
What an amazing book. Would certainly recommended this book. I read it in just under a week as I couldn't put it down and now my family members are borrowing it.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer