Kate Allatt's second book reveals that her sense of humour is a vital coping mechanism when she tries to pick up the pieces of her shattered life following a major brainstem stroke. Locked-in and paralysed, Kate was deprived of all that we take for granted. Our ability to walk, talk, swallow and laugh. Everyday family life and daily routines. Her gritty no-nonsense story of how her life has changed since Feb 7th 2010 could be described as an autobiographical novella, which poignantly shows how a post stroke holiday abroad with friends enables her to reflect on her extraordinary recovery.The warmth of Kate's friendships heats the fingertips as each page is turned, and the book is as much about the strength of the human spirit as it is about the legacy of her stroke. Gonna Fly Now! includes self-deprecating cartoons of Kate's hospital incarceration, photos of her bleakest and happiest moments (including her hospital brain scan) and a timeline showing her amazing achievements. Add hard medical facts and lashings of laughter and you realise this book, just like Kate, breaks all the rules and is all the better for it. It is easy to see why it is self-published. Kate does things her way!How did this 41 year-old mum-of-three, who was told she would never walk, talk, swallow or laugh again, fight back to recovery? She channelled her anger positively and often imagined she was her all time action hero 'Rocky' Balboa. Kate used Facebook to connect with hundreds of stroke survivors and their families worldwide, launched her Fighting Strokes charity and won the accolade of Extraordinary Women of The Year 2011. She has also written two books. All within two years! Kate, now an inspirational and motivational speaker, has given talks to RCN members and other renowned associations, She wants to change the way medics diagnose, treat and rehabilitate stroke patients and is an avid believer in 'brain plasticity.'Gonna Fly Now! is dedicated to every stroke survivor worldwide and reminds us that each and every one of them deserves the right to increased opportunities for recovery and to Laugh Out Loud again.
Gonna Fly Now!
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