My daughter, Gemma, is truly an inspirational young woman!
At 6 days old she contracted meningococcal septicaemia and now, at 26, is just finishing a BSC degree in psychology and has recently been shortlisted for our local Sport Achievement awards for gaining her Black Belt in TKD!! She volunteered selflessly for The Samaritans, The NSPCC and Acacia - no easy tasks! She is level 4 qualified in counselling plus many more qualifications on her CV. She writes poetry, having won a national competition for her poem “Butterflies” and has her poetry work in The British Museum.
Gemma has a whole list of conditions as a consequence of meningitis: An acquired brain Injury (Developmental Amnesia) Cerebral Palsy, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, stomach migraine, asthma, and suffers highly with anxiety and low self-esteem. As a child she had fits and allergies, plus a colon that just didn’t want to work!
She’s an intelligent young woman who finds learning with developmental amnesia a shear challenge to put it mildly! However, very few people would know how incredible she is as she competes and studies with able bodied people and does not divulge her “story “as an incredible and inspirational meningitis survivor.
We would like to share her journey so far so that other survivors can see that there is life after this cruel cruel illness; the journey may be filled with tears, anger, grief and fear but with guidance, support and huge buckets of courage and determination life does carry on (& can even be good!)