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Alex Danson releases update regarding injury

Alex Danson
England and Great Britain's record goalscorer Alex Danson has released a statement on the injury she suffered last year.

On Instagram she wrote, "Six months ago whilst on holiday I hit the back of my head. I knew straight away something wasn't right but, as a typical athlete, I waved it away and tried to pretend I was ok.

"Six weeks later I was rushed into hospital with a suspected bleed, being violently sick and having seizures.

"Six months on and it's been the hardest experience I have ever been through. When I came out of hospital a walk to the bathroom was near impossible and the very most I could do. I was in bed for 24 hours a day for weeks on end. I couldn't tolerate light, sound or people talking to me. My memory, concentration and ability to read or look at screens was zero.

"I'm getting there, I can now walk for nearly 30 minutes, I can hold a conversation and remember how to boil and egg (sadly it's not improved my cooking!)!. My headaches are still bad and I feel dizzy most days, but one thing I can guarantee is I WILL get there.

"One of the hardest partss in all of this, aside from the physical trauma, has been losing my identity. Going from leading my country, aspiring to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics to just trying to get through a day.

"Head injuries are serious, debilitating and lonely. To everyone that has been in touch, my family and to my amazing boy, you have been my lifeline.

"When I have days when I feel well enough I will document some of my recovery. I will share what I have learnt as I also have so much to be thankful for.

"I've not been well enough up to now and I've not been sure whether it's something I wanted to do. Goodness, people go through far worse than this and have to be much stronger than I. But I've always gained most joy in life by trying to serve others and just maybe this will help one other person support someone going through the same ordeal. I think in doing this, it will help me.

"For all this has taken from me in the short term, I am determined I will take more from IT in the long term."

England and Great Britain Hockey are sending our very best wishes and continued support to Alex in her ongoing recovery.


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