Room 23 – surviving a Brain Hemorrhage
Words by Kavita Basi
I was taken into the accident and emergency wing of the hospital on 17 March, 2015, with a life-threatening subarachnoid hemorrhage. I was only thirty-eight years old and had always been a healthy person. I was successful, career-oriented, and travelled the world while working too many hours with no time to relax and think. Then, one night, I suddenly became extremely ill, and my whole world fell apart. I was in the hospital for nearly two months, and after four intense brain surgeries, I had difficulty understanding what was happening to me and why…
My memoir covers my journey to recovery and how my perspective has drastically changed, as I now see the important things in life, the materialistic things don’t matter to me and I want to focus on the true meaning of life. I had to relearn how to do the simplest tasks, like climbing stairs, retuning noises due to losing some sense of hearing, severe constant headaches as a result of watching any TV, leaning how to use my mobile devices without having motion sickness. My personality changed, and I was left with short term memory loss, intense mood swings, an emotional state of mind, being very direct when talking, having the black and white thinking and losing that middle ground of understanding. This new life also had a major effect on my relationships, family, and view of work. Another main principle of this book is to deliver information from reliable sources to educate readers and raise awareness of this troubling illness. Throughout my struggle to recover, I force myself to have new experiences and show by example that anyone can bounce back from such adversity and live life to the fullest, as it should be lived. This is my story of learning the most valuable lesson of all, that life is precious and should never be wasted.
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Ambassador for The Brain and Spine foundation
I’m continuing to support the BSF, so to help – I’m donating 10% of my profits of the book sales towards the Brain and Spine Foundation Charity.
I’m involved in other speaking events to help spread awareness for Aneurysms and Hemorrhages. It’s important to me that anyone going through this whether you are a patient, family, carer or even friend – doesn’t feel alone through the journey. I’m sharing my experiences in the hope to help others.
You can see my speaking events on my website.
Advance Praise for Room 23
“While neurological conditions are often considered rare, there are over 350 different conditions of the brain and spine that together affect more than twelve million people in the UK. In many cases these conditions have long-term impact, without the prospect of a cure. Kavita is an inspiration. We are delighted that she is a Community Ambassador for the Brain & Spine Foundation. Thank you, Kavita, for raising awareness of neurological conditions and sharing your amazing story.”
— Alice Doyle, Chief Executive, Brain & Spine Foundation