My name is Becki Chalk, I’m 27 years old and I’m a care support worker who also works for her sister’s entertainment business dressing up as princesses. When I’m not at work I’m at home with my family, playing around with my nieces and nephews or reading books.
What has been your journey so far?
I was studying children’s nursing at university; I even won an award for Student Nurse of the Year at Great Ormond Street Hospital 2018. Unfortunately, I became unwell with epilepsy and dissociative seizures and had to leave nursing behind. I was extremely poorly, needing a lot of hospital treatment, I couldn’t leave the house, but I now have a job, driving again and feel like myself again.
What have been the biggest obstacles you have encountered?
Being so close to finishing my nursing degree (12 weeks from completion) and having to leave due to illness. The loss of my nephew who passed away when he was only 12 hours old whilst I was trying to join the army as a combat medic in 2012.
My family and Bear Grylls. Reading his books made me realise that I have to have courage to fight through the tough times and be determined to carry on even when things don’t go the way I want them to.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you so far?
That things will almost never go the way I expect them to, sometimes it will be better, sometimes it will be worse. But I have to have faith in the process and never give up because better times are ahead and things happen for a reason.
What is your dream adventure?
I have always wanted to see wild animals in their natural habitat up close. I have always loved animals especially lions and meerkats and to see them in their natural environment where they belong would be amazing.