Happy Birthday Elise

I’d like to dedicate today’s blog to a very, very special person, who has been a massive inspiration to me of late.  Today is her birthday and I really hope that the future brings her a lot of luck and strength, and that she knows just how much she means to everyone who is around her, and how happy we all are that she is still a part of our lives.

On the 29th May 2009, at the age of 24, Elise was home from veterinary school in Grenada West Indies, for her summer break.  She was working at her local veterinary clinic, when she suddenly collapsed with an intense pain in her head, which proved to be a massive haemorrhagic aneurysm (stroke). Luckily her colleagues recognised the signs and gave her oxygen and got her to the hospital, where she underwent several surgeries.  She was given a 50/50 chance of survival.

Elise has had several life threatening infections and operations since that time, but I’m really happy to say that she recently made it home, is able to eat and drink again, and although she has been left with some weakness and paralysis and difficulty with speech, it is just great to read her facebook updates these days and to keep up to date with every new step she takes.  Elise has the most amazing family and I know she is always so appreciative to have the mum she has, and even though life is tough, Elise never complains about a thing.  She remains upbeat, even when she must be frustrated sometimes.

In the past few months, Elise has been able to stand when aided, and has started to take a couple of steps.  But what has inspired me the most is Elise’s status update that this is the year that she recovers, and I know that she is just itching to get back to vet school, though it will be in Texas not Grenada.

I am just so proud of Elise and her family and I’d really like to help them in some way, and one way to do that is to encourage others to make even just a small donation to the foundation set up by her family to cover items and therapy not covered by their health insurance.  If you want to donate something then here is the link: http://www.theelisecnorrisfoundation.org/

And I really just want to send my very best wishes to Elise and her family and friends across the world.  Elise has brought so many people together, particularly through the facebook group where we were able to follow any news and progress reports since 2009. And to wish the family the very best for the future, and the strength that they need to overcome the daily challenges, which will hopefully become easier day by day.  Love you loads Elise, thanks for being such an inspiration to everyone who crosses your path, and may the future make your dreams come true xx


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British YouTuber and Founder of Environmental and STEM education charity Oceans Project, preparing for a solo row around the coast of Great Britain.
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