Reinventing Emma – Paperback & eBook Pack


At just 24, Emma Gee’s future stretches before her invitingly. She was an occupational therapist, an avid runner, and had just climbed Borneo’s Mt Kinabalu with a group of friends. But months later she was suddenly a stroke victim, unable to move, speak or swallow and dependent on the medical system she had worked within.

Emma’s story begins with a mystery, first developing disturbing symptoms, then becomes a tragedy when, during a difficult brain operation, she suffers a debilitating stroke and is left in a coma. Nine days later, she wakes and must slowly come to terms with the fact that her future has changed forever.

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Tenaciously, Emma works her way back to walking and talking again. As a former health professional, she has a rare insight into life as a patient. She emerges with a very different perspective on person-centered care and what it takes to live with resilience. Emma’s story shows how, with love, support, and a positive mindset, life can still be incredible, even though not to the plan previously envisaged, and entailing a daily battle with poor vision, balance, and mobility. Emma is now a loving auntie to a brood of nieces and nephews and has a fantastic support network. As an inspirational speaker, she is determined to benefit others by drawing on her experience and deeper insights. Writing a diary before, after, and, as much as possible, during the ordeal, Emma has woven her observations and memories into a book. She has a sharp eye for detail and a sense of humor that, understandably, becomes entirely black at times. This is not only the story of a young stroke survivor but also a valuable observational memoir for health professionals, written by one of their own who has traveled to the other side. Want to order more than 10 copies? Get in touch.