"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
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
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
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