Katy Baker

Katy Baker@NHS from 30/10/17 to 03/11/17  

Twitter: @Bakerkaty2

Condition: Scimitar Syndrome

Place of treatment: Churchill Hospital, Oxford and Northampton Heart Centre

I am a third year Childhood and Youth student at the University of Northampton. This course focuses on children from the age of eight to young adults, aged 24. It also covers health, safeguarding, education and much more.

I would like to develop my academic career and attain a Master’s degree in Children’s and Young People’s Counselling, with the hope of becoming a counsellor  in the NHS. During half-term, I live with my mum, dad, sister and two cats in Oxfordshire.

At university I live with two other students and I am the president of the university’s trampolining club. I run the club with the help of the rest of the committee and we compete around the country throughout the year. Trampolining is something I really enjoy and couldn’t imagine my university life without it!

In my spare time I go to university events, hang out with friends, family and take part in charity work with Girlguiding, where I have been a Rainbow leader for six years!

I take full advantage of my medical condition by raising awareness and helping other people to understand what young people with  this rare disease need in terms of support. I achieve this by working with different charities and sharing my experiences. I am determined to keep doing this for as long as possible because I believe in turning every bad experience into a positive one. The NHS has been there for me, from the very start and I am so grateful for that.

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