Before Alphabet Brains there was my private Tumblr, which I used to write about the early days of my recovery. I started Alphabet Brains in May 2016 (three years and three months after my injury) because I wanted to share my feelings with other survivors and possibly help them in some way, I had no… Continue reading Advice On Journaling After a Brain Injury
I recently did a #BrainQA on dreaming after a brain injury because I was intrigued to see if others dreamed the way I did, it turns out everyone dreams differently. Some people can no longer dream at all and after doing some research I’ve discovered that is because they may have damaged their occipital lobe.… Continue reading Dreaming After A Brain Injury
#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 – ‘Too real. Almost hard to know reality from dreams. In the beginning, I dreamt I was working and be so exhausted in the morning from working all night with nothing to show for it.… Continue reading #BrainQA, Question 22: How are your dreams since your brain injury? Do you remember them?
‘And while I’m alive, I’ll make tiny changes to earth’ On the 14th July I was listening to the new Frightened Rabbit album, Tiny Changes: A Celebration of Frightened Rabbit’s ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’ and these lyrics from the song Head Rolls Off hit me… This is the reason I started Alphabet Brains. I survived… Continue reading It’s OK Not To Be OK
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