At the age of 21, I was your average student: I was working part time, socializing lots, and stressing about my coursework. I spent seven months working in New Zealand when I was 18, and could not wait to graduate so I could plan my next trip.
Then in February 2011 I collapsed on my way to work. I had suffered a major stroke.
I woke up in hospital surrounded by my family and friends. I had no idea what a stroke was and had always associated the word with old people, not a healthy 21-year-old girl.
I quickly realised that I was paralysed down the left side of my body and knew that I had a long road of recovery ahead of me. The doctors found a small hole in my heart called a PFO, something everyone is born with but normally heals with age.
They believe a blood clot passed through this hole and reached my brain, cutting the oxygen supply.
Strokes can happen to anyone at any age. I am working with Fixers to create a resource, which will alert young people to the signs of a stroke, breaking the myth that strokes only happen to old people.