I had the pleasure of meeting her on one of the times I did the Headway media course, which is just one of the MANY useful and enjoyable activities I have done there.
As crazy - or as self-centred - as it may sound to you, but I am still convinced Headway only ran the course for me, because I am - or was - a journalist.
I know how accommodating they are for all of their ‘service users’ so I could easily believe it.
You will hear from the podcast, her speech is one of the areas most affected by her brain injury, but she has worked incredibly hard on it.
Therefore, all of her hard work should be applauded and her victories triumphed.
Like with any brain injury, the person is incredibly self-conscious about whatever consequences which may be apparent.
But, once more, the triumph over the adversity should be celebrated - which is really what is at the beating heart of this podcast.
Not one to big up or blow our own trumpets, but I thought this week’s podcast was really good, because of the admission Shelly makes about her brain injury - what else she discovers - without trying to spoil it for you.
Yet again, it plays into the attitude I have tried to take with my own brain injury - which has been to look at the positives of it - and Shelly’s situation is the perfect example.
Another thing you will hear is how keen a triathlete Shelly was before her brain injury, and the story she tells of what she was doing, how she was found and who helped her when she suffered her brain injury really reflects the camaraderie and teamwork needed to get through a brain injury.
After all, as I have said to you before, the doctors once told my family and I ‘brain injuries do not just affect one person’, and Shelly’s story is the case in point.
One of the things she says which just absolutely stuns and floors me - as it might do to you too - is how she actually stopped breathing ENTIRELY at one point.
This, again, demonstrates the utter seriousness of brain injuries - they can either take or certainly change - a life entirely.
But, yet again, as you will hear, Shelly reiterates an attitude I have found incredibly helpful - the power of positivity.
Despite everything which may have happened to us, you just have to try your best and see the light in the dark and find the positives, which Shelly does admirably.
Finally, she also says a phrase which leaps out to me almost every day - ‘I am just grateful to be here.’