Post-surgery and Becky is fighting fit
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.