Bridlington mum’s plea to victims of domestic abuse

Kate Gardner hopes to inspire other victims of domestic abuse to turn their lives around.
Kate Gardner hopes to inspire other victims of domestic abuse to turn their lives around.

A DOMESTIC violence victim who turned her life around after a potentially fatal health scare is determined to inspire other women to do the same.

At the age of just 31 mum of two Kate Gardner was left temporarily paralysed down her left side after having a stroke, triggered she believes by the stress and anxiety of living with an abusive partner.

Unable to cope with the alleged mental abuse, and left “petrified” for her well-being after her stroke, Kate took the brave step of ending the relationship.

Now she wants to help other victims of domestic violence by writing a book not only about her own experiences but those of other women who have survived this form of abuse.

“I nearly died and I could have left my kids without their mother,” Kate said recalling the shocking stroke she suffered last year, which came after a spate of panic attacks which she put down to the stress of living with an abusive partner.

“It was absolutely shocking, I was absolutely petrified because it’s happening to your body and you have no control over it whatsoever. It’s the scariest feeling ever,” she added.

It was a health scare which took Kate several weeks to recover from and one which was the wake up call she needed to end her relationship and make a fresh start.

Inspired by the Rhonda Byrne film ‘The Secret’ Kate enrolled on a life coaching course, led by American motivational speaker and author Jack Canfield.

Over the past three months Kate has made so much progress she has written two self-published books – one a collection of short stories and the other giving relationship advice – and is in the process of penning her third about domestic violence.

But Kate hopes to involve other victims of domestic violence in her latest literary project and has appealed to women in the Bridlington area who would be willing to share their experiences of this form of abuse to get in touch.

“I want to inspire other women to realise that life can change. I want to make them realise that they can be whatever they want to be,” said Kate who has been running her own childcare business for the past eight years.

Anyone who would like to get involved in Kate’s book can contact her through her website at www.professionalchildcare.vpweb.co.uk