Kate Allatt is a former fell runner who, at the age of thirty-nine, suffered a severe brainstem stroke and was diagnosed with 'Locked-In Syndrome' (LIS), leaving her completely paralysed and unable to communicate.
Against all odds and to her doctors' amazement, she managed to regain speech and mobility in less than a year. Kate is a determined, tireless advocate for the LIS cause and now travels the world as a motivational speaker, trainer, workshop facilitator, inspiring others to think differently, grow their mindset and become more resilient.
Against all odds, Kate famously walked out of hospital and ran again, just twenty-one months after she was diagnosed with LIS, following her brainstem stroke in 2010.
In 2011, Kate won 'Extraordinary Woman of the Year', wrote her internationally published book 'Running Free' Breaking Out of Locked-In Syndrome' and founded her own, digital charity, just three months after leaving hospital.
Since then, her regular visits to patients in the early stages of the condition continue to inspire them with the belief that they can also break free of LIS. Her patient stories of improvement are phenomenal and she has travelled the world to deliver her message. Kate even delivered a TEDx speech and has become a regular, inspirational, motivational speaker and trainer. Kate has also spoken at establishments such as The King's Fund, The NHS Confederation, The Royal College of GPs, Derma Sciences International, to name a few. She is regularly asked to be an international media commentator and also blogs for The Huffington Post. She also speaks in schools and businesses about thinking differently, growth mindset, thinking differently and resiliency.
In 2012, Kate was honoured for her work at the Olympic Opening Ceremony and also attended the Queen's Garden Party in 2014. In 2017, Kate was made an Honorary Doctor of Letters by Sheffield Hallam University' their highest award and considered even beyond a PhD for her global work in stroke advocacy / research. She continues to work tirelessly to influence the mindset of the stroke establishment by campaigning on stroke recovery and other mental health issues.
Kate is married to her husband Mark and loves being mum to their three children, India, Harvey and Woody. She enjoys long walks, attends spinning classes three times per week and is an avid photographer.
For more information on Kate, visit www.kateallatt.com.