The reason I decided to write my book Recover from Labyrinthitis & Vestibular Neuritis – Finally!, was very simple. There is not enough help for sufferers. The isolation and helplessness I experienced when I was very ill, was nearly worse than the physical symptoms. Everywhere I turned I was met with blank faces or wrong diagnoses. I wondered if I was crazy – is this all in my head? When I discovered vestibular rehabilitation therapy- by a chance conversation my sister in-law encountered, and subsequently recovered, I was angry & frustrated that I had been sick for so long unnecessarily. I couldn’t believe that people were suffering for no reason. The help was very accessible and I had been going through hell for months & months, trying every alternative therapy going and getting nowhere. Everywhere I turned was another dead end. I was experiencing depression, and for the first time in my life had to take anti-depressant medication. My life was totally on hold, I missed out on so much as I lay in bed day after day after day with no answers. At the beginning I placed so much trust in GP’s, and then realised they had no idea how to fix me. They were actually hindering my recovery by giving me incorrect diagnosis and medication that I shouldn’t have been taking.
When I finally recovered and discovered the correct formula to manage my health and prevent setbacks, I decided I wanted to focus my attention on helping other sufferers. I completed my BSC in Psychology & began studying Psychotherapy, qualified as a Physiotherapy Assistant and became the Irish Ambassador to Defeat Dizziness with Vestibular Disorders Association. I was determined not to let other people suffer needlessly for as long as I did without any help. I wanted to write the book I wished I could have read when I was sick. I poured every ounce of information I have on how to recover & manage your symptoms, into this little book. My goal is for every person in the world who suffers with chronic labyrinthitis or vestibular neuritis, to read my book and receive the help & hope they need to recover. I will continue to work tirelessly to promote awareness about this condition. You might find me on forums talking to other sufferers, on facebook or twitter sharing information or behind the scenes writing to medical professionals. I will not stop until VRT is a widely recognised form of treatment, and sufferers are understood by GP’s when they present with this illness. I wish you the best on your healing journey xx