I’ve just completed the run of my life. I took on the London Marathon to raise money for The National Brain Appeal and ran it in 5hrs 38mins 52secs − and while my time wasn’t remarkable, the fact that I was able to reach the start line at all was something of a miracle in itself.
In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s Marathon time! We’re very lucky to have a fantastic team of 20 runners taking on this ultra-challenge and raising money for us. One of our runners is NHNN neurosurgeon, Neil Kitchen, who is a long-time supporter of the charity. This is his seventh year running for The National Brain Appeal and before race day, we grabbed him for five minutes to do a quick-fire Q&A session… Read more
You approach the hospital, welcomed by the warm red bricks and grand façade. Staff walk purposefully to and fro across the square, files in their hands, ID cards around their necks. Ambulances and taxis pull up alongside you, dropping off patients, helping them in. You step up towards the entrance. A lady passes you by. She’s in a wheelchair. You enter reception. A friendly face at the desk gives you a wide smile as you rub gel into your hands. Away from the buzz of the square, it’s quiet, the ceiling high, the wood dark and glossy. Read more
At the turn of the 20th century, the National Hospital had only been established for a couple of decades. In a series of upcoming blogs we’re going to be looking back at some of the earliest case notes and the doctors’ fascinating write-ups about these neurological conditions. These documents are a potent reminder of The National’s legacy of ground-breaking research and treatment which continues to the current day.
My story is about beating the odds, learning to walk again and raising over £10,000 for the charity which supports the National Hospital. I feel so incredibly lucky as it could have ended so differently.
It all started in May 2007 when I suddenly had severe headaches one weekend. When they didn’t stop I saw my GP who said I had acute sinusitis. But when I was at work a few days later, I started to feel dizzy and shaky. An ambulance was called and I was rushed to hospital, where scans revealed I had a brain tumour. The night the hospital told me I was in complete shock, it was the last thing I could have imagined !