For this episode, Leila and I took a trip to the lovely Greenwich in East London to speak with Emma Martins. For ten years, Emma was a TV producer working on factual programming when she caught a life-threatening virus whilst on holiday in Vietnam. After 3 months in hospital and given only a 20% chance of survival, Emma was left with a "hidden brain injury" called “Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis” - a wordy name which is often referred to as "ADEM". As a result, Emma has partial sight, cognitive fatigue and severe dyslexia. This has meant that she’s had to relearn everything all over again, from making a cup of tea to crossing the road. After enduring her own “longest battle” during the rehabilitation process, Emma started a podcast of the same name to help other people who’re fighting their own battles. We chat about Emma’s history in TV, her brain injury story, the subsequent recovery process and life with, as Emma refers, “hidden disabilities”. You can also expect to hear us talk about: Mindfulness, challenging yourself, goal setting, anxiety, positivity, mindset, exercise, charity work and travel. Emma truly is an inspiration. In the face of adversity, coping with a life-changing brain injury and having to relearn the very basic of things that a lot of us take for granted, she’s been able to achieve all sorts of incredible goals: from producing an Acast-affiliated podcast, to volunteering, to supporting others with brain injuries, working with numerous charities and even running a Half Marathon! Emma is proof that with the right mindset, there’s nothing that can hold you back from doing what you want to in life. We know you're going to get a lot of value out of listening to Emma speaking about her journey.
You can find out more about The Longest Battle at their website, right here, and listen on Acast, here.
For more information about The Silverlining Brain Injury Charity, check out their website here.
You can find Emma on Twitter, here, and her Tumblr blog, right here.