A Q&A I took part in for Headway UK. In 2013 Naomi sustained a traumatic brain injury after a fall down the stairs. Since then Naomi has created the online community Alphabet Brains helping her to track her journey and support other survivors in the process. Here, Naomi speaks about her blog, her recovery and what makes her… Continue reading Headway Q&A About Blogging After Brain Injury
In the early days of brain surgery/brain injury having a support network is such an important thing but what do we do once once the bandage comes off? Once the scar heals to the best of its ability and once we start to look ok to that support network? Well, they get back to living… Continue reading The Importance of Having a Support Network After A Brain Injury and What To Do If You Don’t Have One
Noise sensitivity can be one of the main problems after a brain injury, I’ve dealt with it for six years now and would like to share with you some tips I’ve learned along the way while dining out. How to build up confidence in a noisy restaurant, cafe or pub First time go with someone… Continue reading Noise Sensitivity After a Brain Injury: Tips for Dining Out
Snow by Louis MacNeice The room was suddenly rich and the great bay-window wasSpawning snow and pink roses against itSoundlessly collateral and incompatible:World is suddener than we fancy it. World is crazier and more of it than we think,Incorrigibly plural. I peel and portionA tangerine and spit the pips and feelThe drunkenness of things being… Continue reading World Is Suddener Than We Fancy It.
Paula Christensen and Bill Bom both have brain injuries. Paula suffered three TBIs: Two severe diffuse axonal injuries (DAI) and her third was frontal lobe damage. Bill has chemo fog which is diminishing his brain little by little. They met three years after Paula’s second when she was still having seizures and learning to walk etc. He was… Continue reading Living With Someone Who Has a Brain Injury: Guest Blog Post, Paula and Bill
What is the hardest thing about living with someone who has a brain injury? Being empathetic towards Naomi; the most trivial task, experience of event can be a hugely different experience for her. Trying to understand the struggles that she has and accommodate them while not being overbearing and sometimes condescending is very difficult and… Continue reading Living With Someone Who Has a Brain Injury: Guest Blog Post, Stephen and Naomi
#BrainQA: Q&A to bring brain injury survivors together and to raise brain injury awareness. Every Monday at 8pm (UK time) on facebook, twitter and instagram – What are the positives since your brain injury? ‘Becoming super confident about setting boundaries’ ‘Weirdly I’ve become more confident.’ ‘I have had to be patient which was not my strongest character… Continue reading #BrainQA, Question 21: What are the positives since your brain injury?
The importance of art… Especially after a brain injury! If you’re reading this and thinking to yourself ‘I can’t draw’ that doesn’t matter, Art is so much more than that! Especially after a brain injury. Experiencing Art after a brain injury becomes more about you, how you choose to express yourself, how your mind opens up, how… Continue reading The importance of Art After a Brain Injury
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”
“It sounds weird but having a brain injury is one of the best things that happened to me…” I grew up I look after myself better I don’t let people walk over me anymore… I stand up for myself I only have people in my life that truly care about me I have cut people… Continue reading Focusing On The Positives When Living With A Brain Injury