Raising brain injury awareness
Originally due to be in hospital for a year, I was discharged after two months. The road to recovery has been harder than I could have ever imagined, psychologically and physically, but by doing this I am proving living with a brain injury does not have to stop you from achieving incredible things.
In June 2016 I am doing the Bloodwise Blenheim Palace Triathlon, with my boyfriend doing the swim for me and I will be doing the 20km bike and 6km run.
I am raising money for the Central England Rehabilitation Unit in Leamington, the hospital that is responsible for my remarkable recovery and Oaksey House, who have pushed me further along the road with their expert sports rehabilitation.
Doing this means everything to me. To be well enough to compete and, in doing so, to raise money for the two main places that saved my life and quality of life, is overwhelming. Please give all you can!!
I'm doing a 20km bike followed by a 6km run in June, whilst still being in the acute stages of a brain injury.,.. If I'm this much of an idiot please donate to make it more legit!!!
I am now lifting a decent amount in the gym twice a week and completing three 40- 45 minute cardio sessions a week. This is made easier by my symptoms slowly fading. The further I'm getting away from my accident the better I'm getting- our fall being now nearly 10 months ago. Fatigue, PTSD and slight left- sided weakness are still my main limitations, but I am very hopeful this will all pass after 18 months. It is a very long road but with the support of my amazing friends this does not phase me at all. And if I can complete a triathlon when I was still meant to be in hospital, or when people are expecting me to be bed bound and acutely unhappy then I will have proven that, if managed properly, limitations are just in your head.
Today I ran my triathlon run route, twice around the deceptively large lake at Blenheim. Surprised myself by doing it in 25 minutes, when I had allowed 45! So aiming to do it in 20 minutes in June all being well. Next step is my comical first ride on a road bike! Please don't forget to donate!!!