My name is Layi and I had a motorcycle accident in 1988 which resulted in a blood clot forming in my brain. I have terrible problems with my short-term memory and balance. I struggle to communicate and often feel that people try to take advantage of me.
I miss my children so much – if only I could see them. I love being a member of Headway and it’s great to feel that I am helping others at the same time. We tell lots of jokes that make us laugh – it really is a ‘breath of fresh air’!
My name is Chris. When I was 18, I got in with a bad crowd who stole a car. I was a passenger and the car crashed. The other 3 all died, and I wish every day that I had too. Their families hated me for surviving and I understand that. I was in a coma for 3 weeks and spent 5 months in hospital. I had to move away and have tried to start a new life in Morecambe. I struggle to walk, and the pain is often unbearable. People think that I am drunk and sometimes the police arrest me. My brain injury makes it difficult to communicate and I get so frustrated.
Headway help me out a lot because there is no one else. My
family live in Germany. I can still make people laugh though!
My Name is Lynne. My husband suffered an hypoxic brain injury following CPR which saved his life after suffering hear failure. The person I fell in love with died the day this happened, and our lives were changed forever. Our comfortable lifestyle was replaced as jobs were lost and I became his full-time carer. I helped him find the new ‘him’ and fell in love again. It’s all been extremely hard work but well worth it.
Headway is part of our new life – it’s so good to make new friends with people who understand.
My name is Warren and I had a motorbike accident in 2005. I was in hospital for 10 years. I have learnt to walk again but still can’t use my hands. Soon, they will begin to operate on my fingers. My greatest wish would be to get up and go to a football match – maybe one day??
Headway has changed my life – my wife supports me every minute of every day and Headway has given me the confidence to be ok with the new Warren. It’s great to talk to other people who understand!
My name is Tony and I am the full-time carer for my wife who suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury when she was knocked off her bike. She suffers terrible seizures, sometimes several time a day and it is really difficult for us both when this happens in public. Her confidence has been shattered and until we heard about Headway, she was reluctant to go out and meet new people. Being part of the group gives me a break and it’s good to have some help available. If only we had known about Headway years ago.
My name is Yvonne. In 1978 I was cycling to college when the door of a parked car opened in front of me. I flew over the handle-bars and the car door, landing on my head. I was sent home from hospital with ‘concussion’. It took another 38 years for a Traumatic Brain Injury to be formally diagnosed. I suffer regular seizures and just wish that these would stop. My confidence is low and people often misinterpret me. I find it so difficult in social settings, but Headway is helping me to overcome my fears and make new friends at last.
My name is Ray and I am the full-time carer for my wife who had a brain haemorrhage 30 years ago. She was in hospital for 4 months. I had to give up work as a fitness instructor to concentrate on looking after her. We miss all our hobbies and we miss being able to socialise. Her mobility car is absolutely crucial in allowing us to get out. I constantly worry that this may be taken from us.
Headway allows us to meet other people and we have weekends away where we can try things that we have not done for decades. It’s wonderful to have found a group of such amazing people.