Mind over matter
𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝟮𝟮 𝗠𝗮𝘆 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮.
At 14 years old, Amy Martin began to experience weakness and difficulty moving the left side of her body. A neurologist confirmed a devastating diagnosis: Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma – a rare brain tumour affecting children. An operation to remove the tumour left her suffering from severe epilepsy and unsure whether she’d ever regain full mobility. By her early twenties, and after two more brain surgeries, Amy had four titanium plates and 16 titanium screws in her skull and was missing about a quarter of her brain. But she didn't give up, turning her gaze towards the future and enrolling at Stellenbosch University. In April this year, Amy graduated with a PhD in ancient cultures - a thrilling climax for the woman with just 75 percent of her brain.