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About Synapse

Lisa Cox

About Synapse
 
 
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Lisa Cox

"I can't use my legs but I can use my voice which is why I'm so proud to be an Ambassador for Synapse. I'm very fortunate to have the opportunity to stand up (metaphorically at least) for over 1.6 million Australians whose lives are also affected by ABI."

 

Lisa Cox is an Author, Speaker, Communications Consultant and Healthcare advisor.

 

In 2005 Lisa Cox was a perfectly healthy 24 year old.  She had finished two university degrees, rock climbed around Thailand, backpacked through Europe, and played volleyball with the Australian squad. Lisa worked full-time in the corporate world and lived a healthy lifestyle.

 

She certainly wasn't considered 'high-risk' for a stroke. But that is exactly what happened when a rare strand of the streptococcus-A virus caused her brain to haemorrhage. After three weeks in a coma and two months on life support, Lisa was left with an Acquired Brain Injury.

 

Lisa knows all too well the impact of having an 'Invisible Disability': "You can see my wheelchair, scars and amputated fingertips but you can't see epilepsy, fatigue or vision impairment (I'm technically 25% blind). Unfortunately, many have mistaken my 'invisible disabilities' as rude, difficult or antisocial behaviour. My family, friends and I have been shocked and disgusted by the comments from seemingly intelligent adults who've said really stupid things like 'Disability must be easy for you because you don't look disabled.' Comments like this are the worst examples of people being ignorant of 'invisible disabilities' as some of these people actually worked in the disability sector."

 

Lisa's passions include speaking with women to promote positive body image; advocating for disability awareness; sharing her interest for brain health and presenting fresh perspectives at healthcare and medical conventions.

 

Lisa is dedicated to promoting a lifestyle where health is a priority. But most importantly, she walks the talk (or wheels the spiel).

 

Over the years, Lisa has worked with a number of hospitals, healthcare providers and tertiary institutions, offering 'Context Beyond Textbooks' for staff and health literacy to the community. 

  

Read more of Lisa's story here. 

 

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