Post-surgery and Becky is fight­ing fit

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When Becky Kaard (22), of Swan­bourne, had a fall in April and hit her head, doc­tors dis­cov­ered that she had brain ar­te­ri­ove­nous mal­for­ma­tion (AVM).

Peo­ple are born with brain AVMs, ab­nor­mal tan­gles of blood ves­sels con­nect­ing ar­ter­ies and veins, that oc­cur in less than 1% of the pop­u­la­tion.

Doc­tors rec­om­mended sur- gery for Becky while she was still young.

Be­fore surgery she de­cided to go to the women-only kick­box­ing class at ATI Martial Arts in Clare­mont to im­prove her fit­ness.

“I’m re­ally bad at self-mo­ti­vated ex­er­cises and I wanted to get my fit­ness up be­fore surgery,” Becky said.

She also used her train­ing as an out­let through this tough and frus­trat­ing time and was soon ready for grad­ing to the next level.

Be­cause she had her surgery booked for the week of her grad­ing, she at­tended a spe­cial grad­ing ses­sion.

What she didn’t know was that all her class­mates had de­cided to go along to sup­port her, and clubbed in to buy her a pair of gloves that they all signed.

Becky is now three months post-surgery and back train­ing.

“I am blown away with the amount of sup­port from the ladies and staff who have given me so much sup­port and showed they gen­uinely care,” she said.

Becky would like to keep pro­gress­ing in her kick­box­ing but says she is just happy to go along and en­joy her train­ing.

Sup­port from her kick­box­ing class­mates has helped Becky Kaard through her re­cov­ery from brain surgery.

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