• Newsnight film & studio discussion including Kate Allatt on brain injury care & rehabilitation postcode lottery

    Thursday, November 28, 2013

    BBC Newsnight undercover film on severely brain injured patients, with a studio discussion involving Kate Allatt

  • Visiting Locked In Syndrome (LIS) champion (& my heroine) Christine Waddell

    Sunday, November 17, 2013

    Had a fabulous day today with the embodiment of heroism herself, Ms Christine Waddell. We have long since been Facebook chums over the last 2 years, but today we finally got to meet in person. We share a wicked sense of humour, bloody-mindedness and drive. She had a lovely carer who helped me with that ‘bloody’ communication board, that I am well known to be crap with. Then, I got the privilege to see her in action in one of her relatively newly re-instated, physio…

  • ACTUALLY Running Free! Yeah, She Did it!

    Monday, July 16, 2012

    Kate’s obsessive hard work and perseverance paid off on 4th December 2011 at the Percy Pud 10km race in Sheffield. She ran/walk/ran 1.5 km in the cold and rain, but she did it! Proof again that when you are able to set your mind to something, YOU WILL DO IT!

  • Books by Kate Allatt

    Running Free & Gonna Fly Now!

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    Kate’s books – Running Free & Gonna Fly Now! have truly inspired friends, family and those people affected by stroke or other illnesses, all over the world. Running Free (Amazon/Nook May 2011) was written and published a mere 5 months after Kate left hospital, where she was for eight months.  Her work has been widely applauded by people affected by all types of stroke, especially where the patient suffers Locked In Syndrome, following an acquired brain injury.  However, her grit, self-belief and determination to prove…

  • Inspiring Wristbands

    New Inspiring Wristbands Launched

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    Inspiring YOUR FIGHT! We are proud to announce the availability of our new ‘inspiring’ patient wristbands which we will send to you, absolutely free! They are to be worn to remind you never to give up the fight. They are designed to inspire you to achieve something  that is important to YOU! Kate’s ultimate goal was to run again, which she proudly did. However, yours might be to get home from hospital or pick the kids up from school or drink a cup of tea!…

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Inspiring fortnightly diary from an inspiring man!

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Announcement: Every two weeks Richard Ford will write his own ‘fight-back’ diary! Inspiring him, inspiring you, Making his goals public on here might also be extra inspiration, as it was for me on my beating locked in syndrome Facebook page. I only hope he may join us and be an administrator with me, christine, heidi, julia Marie too! (We need a bloke!!) So here is all his entries start again on 25/3/14 – watch his progress.   18/4/14 Rich’s Easter diary! Hi everyone, as the…

Kate Allatt’s Appearances

Kate's Keynote Theatre

Kate campaigns to raise stroke awareness, inspire and empower stroke sufferers. View her media appearances here    

I am still the same! (what it feels like to be locked in)

Emotional, award-winning song inspired by a Locked In sufferer. This song can be purchased via the links below, also available on iTunes from Some Hope, track released 24 February 2010 Words & Music by DC Cardwell All vocals and instruments by DC Cardwell www.dccardwell.com  

They said, ‘she wouldn’t'…. but She DID!

During June 2010, Kate wrote to her favourite nurse on a scrap of paper that,   “I will walk off the hospital ward!’ Her nurse responded with a doubting eye roll and the comment, “Maybe next year!”. (She was in an electric wheelchair by that time!)  However in three months she walked the farthest she’d ever done on sticks and off the hospital ward. This is shown her video evidence here. KNOW YOU WANT IT, +  WORK HARD & HAVE  STRONG GOALS, + ‘WILL’ YOUR…

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Bed sheets & birds nests to intensive WILLING! Advances in occupational therapy for #stroke recovery! #OT

My therapeutic OT was about me practising every day tasks (which were extremely boring) such as making my hospital bed (with sheets. I mean who needs to know that now in life?) or how to make a cup of tea or how to measure out cake ingredients for a Victoria Sponge (when you do everything by gut instinct in the kitchen normally) or how to get dressed or even make an elaborate wooden birds nest, etc… Well this is exactly what I did in 2010!…

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#lockedinsyndrome success from Finland!!! Watch & learn as Scandinavia leads the world!

HOPE IS REAL YOUR FIGHTING SPIRIT WILL CARRY YOU THROUGH ‘Hi Kate! I’m approaching you on behalf of my boyfriend, or husband to be actually. Hope you have time to read my message! My name is Riika, I’m 29 and from Finland. Last summer, fifth of july to be exact, my boyfriend ‘Tommi suffered a massive brain stem stroke. Only symptoms he had were a headache day before and nausea. When we went to er doctors suggested Tommi might be suffering from vertigo. CT scan revealed…

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Brainstem stroke isn’t a death sentence but do we do enough for #stroke SURVIVORS?

My observations people should take away from this fabulously inspiring video:<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/_JYb2fFkkmw” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>  1. No one must EVER underestimate the bond between a mother and child. It is a HUGE motivator! Fact.   2. Brainstem stroke can occur multiple times, and it DOESNT always render the stroke survivor ‘locked-in’ or with ‘locked in syndrome.’   3. There is life after stroke. Yes. After we gave grieved for the person we lost (& the people) we have subsequently lost and gained in our…

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How poignant? The #suicidal thoughts of a #stroke survivor? #depression

  Sick and tired of trying, Done with all this fake smiling. I can’t pretend anymore, I can’t live this way forevermore. I’ve already lost it all, So it won’t make a difference if I fall. Countless times I’ve tried, But once again I have lied. I’ve been knocked down for the last time. In my head I hear the bells chime. Telling me that it’s all over now. Redemption is something they will not allow. I’m confused about who I am inside. The person…

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Hairdressers back washes cause stroke – 4 top tips!

I am increasingly worried about the relatively innocuous hairdresser back-wash. I think they must contribute to a significant number of strokes around the world. Then I read about this in the stroke e-bulletin recently. I then read there is there is a vertebral artery stenting trial VIST going on now. They say, ‘Narrowing (stenosis) of the vertebral arteries in the neck, which supply blood to the back of the brain, is an important cause of stroke.’ Here is a diagram of a stenosis. They team…

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#Stroke alone…have you felt alone? Are stroke charities doing enough?

No one should have to go through stroke alone. It made me think of my own emotionally turbulent 2.5 years after the bomb exploded in my own brain in 2010.   Claire wrote: ‘I don’t feel alone with family, but with regards to friends, yes I feel alone.’ Me: ‘Me too/ It’s why I needed social media so much x.’ Adrian: ‘I tend to keep my daily struggle to myself quite often since my seizure in November. Before that in the 18 months post stroke…

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#Telehealth – 7 reasons why it will improve #StrokeRecovery & reduce medical treatment costs.

According to Wikipedia:   ‘Telehealth is the delivery of health-related services and information via telecommunications technologies.   Telehealth could be as simple as two health professionals discussing a case over the telephone or as sophisticated as doing robotic surgery between facilities at different ends of the globe.’   Telehealth:   1. Could be Preventative – with strokes affect 1 in 6 people every year this is already v important, not least from a well being &amp; economic cost point of view.   2. Could be…

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All #strokes ARE DIFFERENT. See for yourself.

The bomb exploded in your brain! These are just some of the strokes I’ve come across. Mine was a right vertebral artery dissection and occlusion on 7/2/10 with an acute infarction of the pons. (Formally diagnosed with ‪locked in syndrome). My MRI that was taken 2 years after my stroke. But some of my fellow stroke survivors wrote: I had a Lacunar. Originates in the deep small vessels in the brain. Caused by BP excessively high & small clot forms. ∞ Right cad have left sided. Weakness xx…

Tell Me! What are the GOOD & BAD things a loved-one does for a #stroke survivor?

As you know, I’m busy writing my 3rd self-help & self-management stroke recovery manual. I will have utterly failed, if it’s not a very practical, utterly unique Ebook. I hope it is insightful showing the many different types of strokes and the individuals behind them. It is a stroke improvement manual (aka stroke recovery manual) for stroke survivor, by stroke survivors. I Am Still The Same. The thing is I NEED YOUR HELP AGAIN! Please send me your examples of GOOD & BAD things, if…

Running free

“The problems I have with #RunningFree are…”

Running Free, (2011 Amazon) was my 1st book, which I started writing in hospital and in the first 6 months afterwards. It’s: Raw Scarily honest. An eye opener to beating Locked-in Syndrome Real Funny Very moving Full of swear words (sorry Mum, blame it on the stroke!) An account of how stroke affect us all – a must read for Stroke & Locked-In victims & Families An inspirational book for people suffering from life threatening illnesses. Clinicians, researchers, medics, therapists also read my book regularly….

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Embrace #SocialMedia because it’s DAMN good!

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Linked etc, in are FAB!! It’s no secret that I used my Beating Locked in Syndrome Facebook page as soon as I could move my right thumb and index finger, at the nurses station computer back in May 2010. Why was it SO amazing? 1.It gave me access to the big wide world, because all I’d known is The Northern General Hospital in Sheffield for months. 2.It allowed me to convey my trapped personality on a level playing field, with everyone else,…

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