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Friday 19 December 2014

Karren: Aneurysm changed my life

Karren Brady said she likes to stay in and cook for her family
Karren Brady said she likes to stay in and cook for her family

Apprentice star Karren Brady has revealed how a potentially fatal illness changed her life forever.

The businesswoman was treated for a brain aneurysm seven years ago.

She told Hello! Magazine: "I would never have done The Apprentice had I not gone through the experience.

"It made me realise that life is short - and fun - and that you should try new things. I really believe in life-long learning. The moment you think you know it all is when you don't know anything at all."

Her husband Paul said the illness changed his wife considerably. He said: "It made her softer and she's less likely to get so fraught about the unimportant things that used to wind her up".

Karren, who started her working life at Saatchi & Saatchi when she was 18 and is currently vice-chairman at West Ham United, said she now regrets going back to work within days after giving birth to her daughter Sophia 17 years ago.

She said: "I regret that, but I didn't understand then.

"In those days, there was no such thing as flexible working or a work-life balance. It is absolutely essential that you take time off when you have a family. I just didn't know that then and nobody told me that it was okay. I was still trying to prove myself so I carried on working."

Karren said she now liked nothing more than staying at home and cooking for her family. She said: "We rarely go out and I love to cook. We do a lot of Friday night dinners and Sunday lunches. A slow-roast lamb is my speciality, or a king prawn curry on a Saturday night."

Read the full article in Hello! magazine, out now

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