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As a young, successful and popular techie @IanForrester was loving life. He had a great job working in BBC R&D and was spending his spare time establishing events like Girl Geeks, BarCamp and the Thinking Digital Conference. In May 2009 this all came to a sudden unscheduled stop. Unbeknownst to anyone, Ian was slowly dying in his own bed suffering a slow hemorraage into his brain. He tells the dramatic story of his life, his brush with death and the road to recovery since then.

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      • The Story of Me
      • Born in Bristol
      • Moved to London
      • Geekdinners
      • Forerunner to Girl Geekdinners
      • BarCamps
      • Hackdays
      • Life was great
      • It was good to be me
      • Maybe over-doing somethings
      • Recently divorced
      • New single lifestyle
      • New city
      • Pin up for BBC's move north
      • Yes, life was too good...
      • ...something snapped
      • At the same time...
      • Closing down BBC Backstage (announcement at Thinking Digital 2010)
      • Designing the BBC Backstage ebook with Suw & Kevin
      • Buying my first home alone (finding the deposit)
      • Taking part in FutureEverything (talking and arranging)
      • Watching Malcolm Gladwell at the Lowry with a ex
      • Planning the Data Visualisation weekender with Rewired State
      • Massive Werewolf game at PlayEverything, Contact Theatre
      • Dating a very difficult alcoholic girlfriend
      • Moving the Backstage community and servers
      • UK General Election (Thursday 6 th May 2010)
      • Selling items on Ebay
      • Apple launched the iPad (26 th April 2010)
      • Ubuntu and Phone upgrades
      • Bleed on the Brain: Subarachnoid haemorrhage
      • My world almost ended
      • Its mainly congenital - you're born with it
      • Can also be a consequence of ageing or high blood pressure
      • Excess stress can result in a subarachnoid haemorrhage or stroke
      • People of african origin are at increased risk, like high blood pressure
      • My world almost ended very badly
        Typically, the person collapses with a sudden headache unlike any they've experienced before. They may vomit, develop signs of meningitis, such as neck stiffness and dislike of light, and may rapidly become drowsy, confused and unconscious Haemorrhage's in young adults can often be fatal, 30 per cent die within hours, a further 30 per cent die within the first month or result in serious disability
      • What happened?
        Ian had been feeling very unwell, and his flatmate and his boss convinced him to go to the hospital to get checked out. We were called on Monday 17th May and told Ian was in hospital. Originally they suspected meningitis. However, all we know at the moment is that he had a bleed on his brain. He had surgery that day to put a drain in and has been heavily sedated in the ICU at Salford Royal - Mum & Dad writing on caringbridge
      • My Last Tweet
        Decided to watch film called Virtuality instead of getting caught up in the election results. May 6, 2010 at 15:16
      • 7 days lying in bed dying
      • Where were the real people?
      • Saved my life
        “ this is adrian. ian's boss. have you seen him in last 48 hours? he has no showed at office meetings and no social media -pls reply asap”
      • Hobnobs will make you better
      • 12 days of memories gone
      • Public vs private discourse
      • Public guestbook
      • Over sharing or over listening?
      • The age of publicness
      • Public notice
      • Like a celebrity
      • Social Media Cafe Manchester
      • Thinking Digital in Newcastle
      • An Event Apart in Boston
      • CD of get-well's from Rainycat
      • First thoughts...
      • What did Google announce?
      • What happened in Lost?
      • What about the flat, I was buying?
      • Hello world
        Thank you very much for taking the time to find out how I am doing. I am doing okay. I am still in hospital, but making a positive recovery. Thank you to everybody who has written to me and my family and thanks for writing such amazing things. The trach tube is out and I can speak again. The feeding tube is also out. I had solid food for the first time yesterday--it was horrible! Of course it was hospital food. Thank you for all the messages to my family. I'm on the way to recovery
      • A difficult return to life
      • Missed the conversations
      • Missed Gladwell in Manchester
      • From a perfect 100% to 85.7%
      • Forgetting peoples names /photos/barkbud/4914492619
      • Lots of time to think (sabbatical?)
      • The human mind is incredible
      • Happiness is all in the mind
      • Happy with life?
        60,000 thought's a day 95% are the same as yesterday 80% are negative thoughts
      • Fear is also in the mind
      • Complex & unique organisms
      • And yes, I'm still a atheist
      • Together we can do amazing things
      • Steve Jobs
      • " Death is the destination we all share, no one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be because death is very likely the single best invention of life (...) Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life "
      • - (2005. Stanford University)
      • How many lives have I inspired?
      • What is the purpose of life...?
      • ...Inspire others
      • ...hopefully I've done that today
      • Thank you for listening to my story
        Ian Forrester | c | @cubicgarden
        Presentation : CC BY-NC-SA