Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.After a bike-accident being thrown off my bike, I was hit with severe seizures a fortnight later in 2013. Since then my life has changed. In Cork University Hospital, a bleed was identified, which grew into the diagnosis of a cavernoma around Christmas. I had never heard of the condition, nor was I aware of what poeple with brain-injury go through. In February 2014 I had craneotomy, and the "cavernoma", which turned out to have been a blood-clot, according to the histology, was removed.
Although I look fit, healthy and happy, there are many new aspects I now have to live with. The brain remains affected, in my case in the left frontal lobe, next to my speech centre, affecting organizing, planning, sorting, and emotional reactions to stress. Some days my brain cannot process the simplest things.I have worked hard on my recovery, knowing that the brain heals what is required, and I am doing quite well, being only just over a year into recovery. I still do Spoken Word Performances and translations, and maybe one day I can get back to event-organization. Many other people are not as lucky as me. They live with the effects of much heavier injuries, inoperable cavernomas, or of surgery that affects them much stronger than me.
Being body-painted is a fun activity, and being body-painted as a brain is even funnier. Maybe I'll have a "blackberry" or "raspberry" painted in as well (that's what cavernomas look like). Hopefully, this will put a smile in many people's faces. To raise awareness for the condition, I want the pictures of my body as a brain to go as viral as possible. Each time you share it, you could connect it with a simple Just Giving donation, and we would help to improve services, research and conditions for so many!An invisible illness is particularly hard to deal with, when people expect you to be "allright again". It is very hard to explain to others what we go through. Even if you don't know the condition, maybe you can empathize. Please take time to consider donating and share the pictures when they come!
I hope this works! Let's make it work!!!Thanks a mil,