A month later, my life changed suddenly, and forever.
On March 19, armed and masked security forces broke into my home in the middle of the night and took me away. I was the first woman arrested in the crackdown. For 22 days, I was held in solitary confinement and subjected to verbal abuse and torture, including electrocution. In all, I was detained for two months.
I was forced to sign a statement confessing to hatred for the regime, criminally supporting protesters, and other trumped up charges.
Along with the 19 other medics who were also tortured into confessing, I was convicted in a sham military trial and sentenced to 15 years in prison. We expect the verdict of our appeal very soon.
We are all out of detention while this appeals process drags on, and I recently went to the United States to ask American lawmakers and administration officials to support the Bahraini people.
Bahrain is a small country. Our democratic uprising has not received as much attention in the West as those in Egypt or Syria. But in terms of the percentage of people participating, our movement is among the largest.