Dr. Katherine [Kate] Gill is a Registered Occupational Therapist. She has a background in medical, scientific and mental health research, and is involved in a number of consumer-led and co-produced projects. Kate is the chair of, and a founding member of, the Consumer Led Research Network. Kate works in the mental health sector and actively promotes recovery orientated practice and trauma informed care, within a holistic framework. Kate’s interest in FND Hope stems from her own experiences. In 2013 Kate suddenly lost the use of her left side and became unable to walk for a period of time. She was initially misdiagnosed as having had a stroke. Sometime later she was diagnosed with Functional Neurological Disorder. For a number of years Kate failed to access appropriate care, services and support to assist in her recovery. Through perseverance and research into the condition Kate did recover the ability to walk. Back on her feet she hopes increasing awareness of the illness will prevent other people suffering the way she did.
Bridget works with leading specialists around the world to educate medical professionals and tackle the common misunderstandings, not only about patients with functional disorders, but also about diagnostic error and the coding crisis. She has a diverse and unique approach to this field, which she has gained through advocacy work with patients.
Bridget became interested in functional illness after she experienced a world of medical uncertainty. When her medically unexplained puzzle morphed into a medically explained picture and she finally received proper treatment, Bridget transitioned into the medical world, actively engaging as a patient advocate.
Bridget spends most of her time helping patients and doctors understand Functional Neurological Disorder. She has had the opportunity to attend and give remarks at various FND training seminars including one in Birmingham, England. While in the UK, Bridget met with leading researchers in the FND field from Scotland and England, holding patient support meetings throughout the UK. She has submitted commentary to the pertinent work groups connected with DSM and ICD coding changes, and a response in the British Medical Journal advocating for those with medically unexplained symptoms.
Bridget is a wife and mother of three. She feels passionately about spreading awareness, and bridging the gap between what is known and what is believed about Functional Neurological Disorder.
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