Apparently (or so I am told) 10 years ago I had a car accident. One of my injuries, which will never heal fully, is damage to my brain.
Every brain injury is different and the effects can be permanent, temporary and often annoyingly unpredictable which makes it harder for survivors and especially the people around them to manage.
Just a few effects of brain injury are: cognitive difficulties including pre/post amnesia, information processing. Difficulty speaking, communicating, building and maintaining relationships. Language loss, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, claustrophobia, mobility, balance and coordination, dizziness, spasticity, paralysis, ataxia, aversion to noise, tinnitus, loss of taste and smell, extreme fatigue, personality and behavioural changes, seizures and epilepsy, sexual difficulties, hormonal imbalance, visual-perceptual impairment. Obsessive-compulsiveness, impaired reasoning...
The team at Headway Thames Valley aim to be there for you every step of the way including useful information, cognitive, behavioural, physical therapy, respite care, community outreach. The charity also lobbies for better support and resources to be made available to people affected by brain injury and works to raise awareness of brain injury and the devastating effects it can have. Brain injury survivors have individual high needs that require ongoing attention and financial support.
Please help me raise money to support the Headway team help others like me.