Writing Life as a Survivor

“You poor thing'” “So young and you were so beautiful!” “So awful to have to walk with that pram” “I’m so sorry, that’s just cruel!” These are a few remarks I receive when I tell people why I am like I am. I...

The healing power of Music – Singing to Swim

Music therapy opened up a whole new world for me. Music became a great comfort and another source of independence. Music is definitely one area of my life I never thought I’d go on to explore, let alone benefit from. However, throughout my recovery it played a crucial...

Universal Access – Everyone Benefits!

Universal access insinuates that everyone in a population has access to publicly available communication network facilities and services. As an individual who has difficulty physically accessing so many environments, this has become increasingly important to my...

Feedback & Progress!

“Keep showing us your progress!” “Great walking Em!” “Amazing effort!” “Keep up the good work!” All affirmations on my social media channels provide me with so much motivation. It’s external feedback that ensures...

Rapport. Checklists. Communication.

We hear so much about how communication and building rapport matters in professional spaces, but often it feels like they missed the memo with some of the medical appointments I attend. “Hi Emma, fantastic to meet you. So we haven’t got long today, so I’ll whiz...

No Trophy for Never-ending Rehabilitation!

Professional athletes train, and train hard. That training leads to some incredible achievements and rewards – an Olympic Medal, a trophy or a Personal Best. Sounds silly, but in order to adequately manage my stroke recovery, I feel like I seem to train just as...

National Stroke Week (8-14 August 2022)

It’s National Stroke Week (8-14 August 2022) – a week I never fathomed I’d ever have to personally celebrate! But 17 years as a stroke survivor, I see it as a great opportunity to raise stroke awareness, educate everyone and hopefully prevent the...

Flowing with Fatigue

Managing my fatigue is something that I’ve been trying to grapple with since acquiring my stroke 16 years ago. Initially in rehabilitation, the fatigue fog engulfed me from the beginning of the day. I write in my book reinventing emma – “…I...