I was taken into the accident and emergency wing of the Salford Royal hospital, on 17th March 2015, with a life-threatening subarachnoid haemorrhage. 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. I had to relearn how to do the simplest tasks like climbing stairs, re-tuning noises due to losing some sense of hearing, using my mobile devices without having motion sickness and I had severe constant headaches as a result of watching any TV.
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 ‘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.
My memoir, Room 23, 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.
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.
Room 23 can now be purchased on Amazon. It is my story of learning the most valuable lesson of all, that life is precious and should never be wasted.
For more information about me please visit: www.kavitabasi.com