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On Turning 28… “But You Look So Well”

Afternoon Tea on my birthday with my mum, “Oh what a lovely photo!” it is yes and I am very pretty… Not pictured however are the back and forth emails to the venue so I could have the perfect seat. The perfect seat for a 28 year old who gets overwhelmed going into shops and… Continue reading On Turning 28… “But You Look So Well”

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Learning About Brain Surgery and So Much More…

I wanted to be a nurse when I was little but then I picked up a pencil and that was that… I knew I wanted to do Art forever. I now often joke about this because I know there’s no career in Art but mainly it’s because of my circumstances; I had brain surgery and… Continue reading Learning About Brain Surgery and So Much More…

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A Timetable For My Life; Brain Injury Advice

Stephen: What are you doing? Me: Making a timetable for my life I said this with all seriousness because the past few weeks my mind and life have been all over the place. There are so many hours in the day and I feel like I’m wasting them. I’ve been told many times “You need to… Continue reading A Timetable For My Life; Brain Injury Advice

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Headaches and pain after (traumatic) brain injury

I haven’t written much about the pain of living with a brain injury, I think this is because I am just so used to living with it. I imagine most of you are? The past few months however I’ve been experiencing new forms of pain and headaches, as well as talking about it which makes… Continue reading Headaches and pain after (traumatic) brain injury

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Mementos that take me back to the early days of my brain injury

My memory box: An old wooden box for J&J Colman’s Mustard found in the loft of my first student house, a perfect box to hold my memories and mementos as it is a memory itself. Holding old notebooks, old sketchbooks, exhibition leaflets from my time as a Fine Art student, birthday cards, Christmas cards, messy… Continue reading Mementos that take me back to the early days of my brain injury

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Things that haunt me

The black hole in my mind from leaving my friend’s house to waking up after my surgery My sister telling me that I called her twice while in A&E, I have no memory of that at all. It’s part of the black hole. The conversation we had is even more haunting: “I’m in A&E I’ve… Continue reading Things that haunt me

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Quiet Tears: The Days When Living With a Brain Injury Become… Too Much

Quiet Tears: Written on my phone and unedited after a noisy and frustrating afternoon at the swimming pool. Quiet tears as I’m sat alone in a swimming pool changing room because being in that pool with all that noise was just too much today. Quiet tears because I had to get out of the pool… Continue reading Quiet Tears: The Days When Living With a Brain Injury Become… Too Much

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Headaches…

Just got back from a successful trip to my local GP. Headaches are one of the symptoms of living with a brain injury and since my injury over four years ago I get them every day. They don’t affect me and I can live with them but the past couple of weeks I’ve been suffering… Continue reading Headaches…

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Creating a world from a bench in a crowded street: How I came to feel safe after my brain injury

May 2013: Around this time I had been with my boyfriend Stephen for a little over a month. We had just taken our first holiday, a weekend away at Harrogate; the town I was born in. He met my family, we drank nice wine, ate nice food, drank overrated tea at Betty’s tea house, walked… Continue reading Creating a world from a bench in a crowded street: How I came to feel safe after my brain injury

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#WearItOut for The Brain Tumour Charity – Headbands and Bandanas for Brain Tumour Awareness

3rd March was #WearItOut for The Brain Tumour Charity, a day to raise awareness and fund research for brain tumours all while wearing this colourful bandana: Brain tumours are the UK’s biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40, yet less than 2% of cancer research funding is spent on brain tumours. In total, over 8,500… Continue reading #WearItOut for The Brain Tumour Charity – Headbands and Bandanas for Brain Tumour Awareness