I can seriously say that burlesque has changed my life

monique aislabie

Anna Smith-Higgs suffered a major stroke just a month after giving birth on Christmas day 2004 at age 24.  She had lost the use of her right arm, was left partially sighted and doctors warned she may never walk again.

She spent two years in bed with severe depression before finding the resolve to fight back – and fulfil her dreams.  Anna, now 38, has abseiled down a building, tried fire breathing, taken up boxercise, had tea with a rabbi and signed up for dressmaking sessions.  But her biggest achievement has been performing Burlesque!

“The first time I went on stage it was a bit scary. I was very much aware of my right arm, which just kind of hangs there. But I absolutely love being in front of people now. I can make men cry with my act and I’m raising awareness that young people have strokes.  I can seriously say that burlesque has changed my life.”

Read more about Anna here: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/young-mum-left-disabled-after-12774857

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