Updated: May 7
In March 2014 my life changed overnight when I was diagnosed with a brain AVM a condition that affects only 1% of the worlds population. Unfortunately my brain AVM ruptured which only affects 2% of the 1% of people diagnosed with an AVM which puts me in a group of only 0.0002% of the population, how unlucky is that, more chance of winning the lottery!!!
Having been told that I had life changing injuries which effected my speech, memory, cognitive functions and mobility. I then made a conscious decision to prove medics wrong and become the first person in the world with a brain AVM to become an Ironman. This challenge gave me something to focus on and helped with my rehabilitation. I completed my first Ironman in 2017 just three years after I was told that I may never walk again! This inspired me to start raising money for charities ,completing more Ironman’s and Marathons two of which were completed on Christmas Day and New Years Day. I hope that my story motivates and inspires people who have been diagnosed with life changing injuries that “anything is possible”.