An inspirational 44-year-old mum of three from Corby says she overcame disability and depression to follow her dreams of becoming a published writer following the release of her debut novel.
Louise Jensen’s book – The Sister – is a psychological thriller and will be released on July 7.
Louise said she had always wanted to be a writer and scribbled many stories in her younger years but stopping once she reached secondary school.
Following school Louise became a became a kinesiologist and nutritional therapist.
Louise said: “My life dramatically changed when, in my 30s, I was driving around a corner one day and stopped as cars in front of me had stopped.
“A car behind ploughed into mine and sent my vehicle careering into the ones in front.”
The incident left Louise with permanent damage to her back and pelvis.
Her damaged ligaments never recovered and she was left unable to bear her own weight. Her spinal consultant said that there was no treatment that could help with this.
Louise said: “My youngest son was still in nappies at the time and I was devastated that I was not able to be the mum I wanted to be.
“I couldn’t even get myself in or out of the bath and I lost my business as she was unable to stand at a therapy couch and depression set in.
“I went along to an event where I learned about meditation from Sandy Newbigging.”
“I trained to be a Mindfulness coach and a meditation teacher and I researched my own condition, finding a treatment that I thought would help me but I was turned away by my consultant who said he’d never heard of it.”
Undeterred, Louise rang every NHS hospital in the UK and finally was accepted by the Birmingham Orthopaedic Hospital. The treatment has made an enormous difference to her life and she also founded www.thehappystarfish.co.uk as a way to help others and to give back.
Louise added: “I set my mind to finally writing the novel that I’d always wanted to and signed a publishing contract with Bookouture earlier this year. I would love my story to reach out and inspire others who think that illness or disability means that you have to give up your dreams.”
The Sister is published by www.bookouture.com and can be bought at amazon.co.uk.