Welcome...to the official website of Siobhán Mungovan; Author, Public Speaker & Spina Bifida Warrior!!!
Here you will find links to all Siobhán's activities, from her very successful book 'My Journey with Spina Bifida: Me and My Backbone', to her inspirational talks at health and educational conferences around the country. It offers insight into the girl behind the condition and how to never underestimate human potential.
Spina bifida, from the latin meaning "split spine", is a birth defect where there is an incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord up to 28 days after conception. There are three main types of spina bifida: occulta, meningocele, and myelomeningocele. Occulta has no or only mild signs. Meningocele typically causes mild problems. Myelomeningocele, also known as open spina bifida, is the most severe form. Associated problems include poor ability to walk, problems with bladder or bowel control, hydrocephalus and a tethered spinal cord.
Having the most severe form of spina bifida has not been easy but Siobhán has never let this define her. In her book, she shares her highs and lows with you the reader, yet it always finishes on a positive note. Just like her motto and her general outlook, to "Keep Smiling Always".