In my eyes I was off now home to chill out for a couple of days and get back to work to save for a few upcoming trips and a big move to Canada. So yeah, I was wrong ... I was very wrong. It took me weeks to build up my strength to be able to go for a proper walk. Any form of exertion lead to headaches and instant lethargy. The weeks and months following getting out of hospital were a complete struggle, trying to do everyday tasks became a challenge. As a long distance runner, I loved a challenged, I loved pushing my body that extra little bit. Meningitis pretty much sent me back to square one. I never thought I'd run for 10 minutes again let alone complete a marathon.
That year I completed the Dublin Marathon in my worst time, but it was a run I am most moved by. I will never forget the mental push I needed to cross the finish line after the 42km dash. The relief was unimaginable.
Meningitis has left me with a number of awkward side effects that have made my professional life slightly tricky, but the most important to me is resilience. I've learned that resilience will get you through any situation no matter how tricky it can be.
Since meningitis I returned to college (which I found extremely difficult), began my career in aviation and travelled solo around the world from West to East.
Today I am preparing to complete 3 marathons in 3 weeks (in aid of MRF) and hope to continue to challenge myself, raise meningitis awareness and help where I can!