What I Learnt the Week I Almost Died

What I Learnt the Week I Almost Died

Author:Michelle Williams

Hello, this is Michelle Williams from The Craft Ecademy. This is not my usual weekly vlog or question and answer session and you’ll see I am in my nightwear and attractive leg wear.  These are actually surgical stockings and this is a nightgown. The reason I am dressed this way, I make no apologies,  is because I am in Southampton Neurological Hospital.

Ten days ago (27th January 2016) I suffered a brain haemorrhage (Subarachnoid Haemorrhage) and I was rushed for emergency treatment and Brain surgery due to an aneurism that was discovered. So, I’ve had a procedure, where metal coiling was placed into my brain to prevent further bleeding.

The reason for me shooting this video is really a message for my children, but also a message for everyone I know, for all of my family, friend’s, customer’s and guild members.

That message is, really to count your blessings for everything that you’ve got because 10 days ago I thought I would never see my children again; But against the odds, I am here and I am getting stronger every day.

I have had a few low moments but what I have realised from all of this is how lucky I have been. So rather than feeling like a victim and thinking “why did this happen to me?” I’ve actually looked around and seen other people who have suffered brain haemorrhages and they are not as lucky as me. I’m here and I am getting strong every day.

My message really is that whatever happens to you, never feel defeated by it. Always look on the bright side, so look at what you have rather than what you haven’t got or what you have lost. Be thankful for that. If you focus on the bad stuff in life, in my experience things get worse.

I’ve been through a lot in my life, I could choose to feel defeated, I could choose to feel victimised by things and on occasions sometimes I have felt like that, but what I have found is: when I allow my mind to think that way things get worse. But when I look at all of the great things I’ve got in my life and I focus on all the positive things, things get better.

So despite what’s happened I feel really positive and optimistic, I feel excited for the future. I am never going to take for granted what I have got, which is an amazing family, two lovely children, loving parents and siblings, friends and family who mean more to me than anything.

Since I’ve started my businesses, The Craft Ecademy and The Keepsake Guild, it’s been very important for me because what I get from that business is the satisfaction of helping other women start a business, seeing their confidence grow and helping them reach their goals and dreams.

When this happened to me, I had the thought that I wouldn’t be able to carry on, because I am going to have to have quite some time off of work. I did have the feelings like, “I need to give up!” But no, I don’t.

I don’t need to give up, this has taught me to actually carry on, I feel like I was put here to inspire people and the two people I want to inspire most are my children. 

So, for you, Harvey and Elliot, I want you to know that life is not easy; things happen that can really knock the wind out of your sail. You can feel like giving up and you can feel like your whole world has collapsed but it hasn’t.

As long as you stay positive and you focus on all of the positive things you do have, because even if you think you have lost everything, you haven’t – there is something, you need to focus on it.

Although we have no control of how long we will be here, on this planet, while we are here we have to make the most of it. So, if you have a dream – follow it. Just don’t give up. That’s for Harvey and Elliot.

But also, for all of my customers: I’ve helped hundreds of people worldwide to start their own business. But if you’re somebody that is thinking about starting your own business or wants to take a new path in life, do it! You don’t know how long you’re here for you don’t know what is round the corner.

10 days ago I was perfectly fine, sitting at my desk working, and I got up to make a cup of tea. All of a sudden it felt like somebody had wacked me over the head with a baseball bat and it was the most excruciating pain I had ever ever felt. It was the brain haemorrhage. It came from nowhere, I had not been ill before, I had no headaches or any symptoms at all. It was a sign to me that you do not know what is around the corner.

So while you are here, make the most of everything you have got, live life for the moment. Do what you want to do and follow your dreams. That is my message to everybody, so thank you very much. When I next see you, I hope not to be in my hospital gown and I hope not to be in surgical stockings.

To ALL of the Consultants, Doctors and Nurses at Southampton Nearoligical Hospital: I wish to express to you my sincere thanks and gratitude for all you did for me and all of your hard work. I owe my life to you and I will always support the NHS, the work you do and care you give is out of this world. 

To Jade: I would like to express my sincere thanks to Jade Binsted from Ribbons Media who is managing the business during Michelle's reccouperation. 

Update:  Michelle has now been discharged from hospital and is recovering well, in the care of her family.

Michelle wants everyone to know that it is business, as usual at The Craft Ecademy and The Keepsake Guild.  Although Michelle’s own personal Studio Courses are cancelled until further notice, her e-courses continue to be available and supported by the Senior Members of The Keepsake Guild: www.thekeepsakeguild.co.uk

Studio Courses will continue in the near future through Michelle’s carefully selected network of Accredited Trainers from The Keepsake Guild, which will be announced in due course.

Several new Online Courses are also in the process of being filmed and edited and will be available shortly. 

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