Poems express Sue's fightback from a coma
SHE has rebuilt her life after a tragedy left her fighting for it.
And inspirational Sue A'Hern is proof words do matter after releasing her first work of poetry.
In 2007 her successful career as a lecturer and teacher in South East England came to a sudden and abrupt end when she suffered multiple brain aneurysms.
After being in a coma, she began a painstaking rehabilitation process which involved her learning to speak again and last year moved back to Swansea to aid her recovery.
"I had taken a year's sabbatical and was teaching in South Korea, Japan, Australia and Madrid," she said.
"I had come back to the UK and had agreed to take a job at a university in London.
"I was on the M25 and stopped at a farm shop. I got back into my car and then the people who own the shop found me slumped over the wheel. Ten minutes either side and I would have been driving.
"I wasn't ill at all before it. I could have died. When I awoke from the coma I didn't recognise my children and thought I was in my early 20s.
"As I am from Mount Pleasant originally I needed to be back in familiar surroundings — I could remember every street in Swansea but none in Bedfordshire, which is where I was living."
With the support of services in the city, Sue has been able to express herself in her first poetry book, Tanka, Poetry and Stuff, which was published earlier this month.
"Swansea Library have agreed to stock it, as have Waterstones and it will be available on Amazon," she said.
"Tanka is a style of writing which is syllable-based.
"The poems are based on my life, about everything really.
"I would love to continue with it, I have already been asked for a second book of poetry as well.
"It can be hard to get people to understand and friends and family have been so supportive too. It has been really important for me, it feels like I have an identity again.
"I am not just Sue who used to work at a university and was ill anymore."