Telling your stories may help others understand their own injuries, give them hope and let people know they are not alone.
Lou - Her Story
Lou has been with Headway Surrey since 2019. Prior to the first lockdown in March 2020, she attended the centre in person and now continues her sessions via Zoom.
We thought it would be a good idea to interview her, to find out first-hand what it is like to live with an acquired brain injury and how important Headway Surrey is, in providing support on her rehabilitation journey.
Our very own Executive Assistant, Rachel Higgins set up a Question and Answer session in February 2021 and here is what Lou said...
David - His Story
"In 2010 David, aged 21, sustained a head injury when hit by a lorry in Kent. Soon after the accident David became homeless and was sofa surfing, this was due to physical injuries, cognitive deficits and behaviour changes making it difficult to support himself.
However, with support from his gran and his friends he re-learned the basics such as reading and writing and started his recovery journey. With great determination he also relearnt to draw from scratch, something which is a great passion of his."
James - His Story
In December 2019 James was at work and he had a headache on the Friday and it carried on all weekend. He was quite poorly and he it lasted for several days. People reported that his speech was slightly slurred.
A week later he was having a hot shower, and he collapsed and then woke up in a pool of blood. He needed urgent help and went to hospital with his wife. He then had overnight surgery and regained consciousness a few days later.
Luke - Every 90 seconds
Luke suffered bacterial meningitis as a child, which is an infection of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord caused by a type of bacteria.