I’ve been home a while now, with time to process what happened and to look forward to the next chapter.

In 2011 I started to look at Occupational Therapy courses but never got round to applying as it didn’t seem an affordable priority. In January of this year I started to have a look again. I processed a late UCAS application to some local universities and some a bit further afield. I recently found out that I have been offered an unconditional place on the Occupational Therapy course at the University of West England, Bristol. With the hope to get some money together and plan for this next big step, I opted to defer a year and wasn’t allowed. So, I start in September this year!

It is a very exciting opportunity and I can’t take that for-granted. If I hadn’t had the accident and support then I wouldn’t have applied. I mean, my left hand did not work. The nerve conduction study had showed nil response from my nerves…but then, as if by magic my wrist began to strengthen and stop dropping. I am so grateful to the Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and Warwick Hospital. Abi Kanwar from Warwick Hospital in particular. She is incredible, promoting positivity and strength in her patients. She had said that it was my positive mental attitude that got my left hand working again, but I think I would never be where I am without her support.

The next three years will be hard, I know that but am hoping to combine my existing degree in Fine Art with this pending qualification, to incite others with creativity and a positive outlook.

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.