What got you through the recovery?
The belief that I would get better and that I would get back to what I love - moving freely in the mountains. Almost every day I wanted to give up - but I didn't. I held onto the belief that I would get better and become stronger from the journey.
What's the most valuable thing you've learnt over the past couple of years?
This is a hard question. One overarching theme is to 'honour the process' - to accept where I am at a given moment and work through it the best I can. To constantly evaluate and be able to problem solve, with compassion, patience and understanding, not judgement. I've also learned that adaptability is a great strength of being an athlete and person.
What advice would you give to any young women looking up to you?
To be patient and compassionate. Judgement - either external or internal - can be so dangerous and destructive. I encourage them to get in touch with themselves; to learn what makes them happy, joyful and free for no other reason than that. To ignore what society tells you 'you should be' and to follow what makes your own heart feel full. That's where true happiness begins.
In support of the #SheMovesMountains initiative, which female role model in your life has inspired you to Move Mountains?
I look up to many women in and out of sport. One woman, J'ne Day-Lucore, encouraged me to start trail/mountain running. She was a pioneer in the sport herself and is a spectacular athlete and person. She held the records on iconic mountain races throughout the 1980s. She coached me to run my first marathon and, at 57 years of age, she still competes at the international level as a triathlete.