My background: I studied at BPP Holborn for the LPC, then trained and qualified with Eversheds LLP (now Eversheds Sutherland) as a real estate solicitor. I left in 2009 to have babies, and was just thinking of returning to law when I suffered a massive brain haemorrhage in 2013.

I'm writing this because I want to warn young lawyers to put their finances in order early on - I turned 30 in hospital. I can't emphasise enough that being disabled and trying to recover is the hardest thing I have done, by far. Five years on, I’m not there yet! It is also incredibly expensive. What happened to me should be widely known, and should act as a cautionary tale.

While I was really lucky to have had my own critical illness cover which paid out, not everyone has this. They absolutely should. Lots of people are covered by their firms, as was I when I worked. But I still would have been stuck if I had not also taken out personal insurance. We each don't know what is round the corner - I certainly didn't.

I have a little blog (to keep me busy as I can't work). I hope it might be of interest:

https://www.facebook.com/semblance-of-normality-761528370858372

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