When I had my subarachnoid haemorrhage, I was working as an au pair in Sardinia. My plan was to learn Italian before starting at Charles Cecil Studios in Florence. The stroke was caused by an undiagnosed arteriovenous malformation (AVM). When I am looking at someone’s face I can’t see a whole face anymore – including my own. I can only focus on little things at a time.
Due to the area of the brain where the AVM was located and the size of the bleed, I was given a 50:50 chance of survival. I have been extraordinarily lucky, which I why I never complain too much about my vision because I am so happy that I am still here.
Read more at: https://www.aop.org.uk/ot/in-practice/practitioner-stories/2022/10/21/it-was-the-first-time-that-someone-had-asked-me-to-draw-how-i-see