Survivor Stories

Ten years after brain injury: A reflection

Many clinicians told Matt that most of the recovery from a TBI occurs within the first one year, and after that point his recovery would plateau such that his faculties would no longer improve. However, Matt has continued to see positive changes well beyond the first two years of recovery and today, over ten years on, still strives for continued improvements.

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Brain injuries are misunderstood by so many

I had been experiencing what I would say was a very mild, dull headache for a few days. A bit like a hangover and I couldn’t shift it. I later found out I had suffered a severe ruptured aneurysm.

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I suffered a spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage while I slept

I read Emilia’s story when she first published it and was touched by how strong she was after going through something so traumatic, but I never thought it would happen to me, until it did.  Here’s Julie’s story... 

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I was screaming to get the paramedics or get me to hospital, but nothing was coming out

Mel is a paramedic and had just returned home from a sporting event and holiday in Europe when she started to feel unwell. She knew she was having a brain bleed, but nobody took her seriously.  Here’s Mel’s story... 

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The stroke hasn’t robbed me of me

When Richard McLean had a stroke, one of the things he found helpful was hearing how other people have responded to having a stroke, to hear their experience. "It’s somehow nice to know that what I’m experiencing, how I’m feeling, others have experienced and felt too" 'Oh yes, that’s quite normal' are some seriously reassuring words right now. Here's Richard's story.....

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I never thought I would have a stroke at 18 years old

Reilly was 18 when he suffered a stroke following a terrible car accident on his drive to school. He contacted Tanja to tell his story, and to talk wanting to raise awareness for brain injury and become a fundraiser for SameYou.  Despite a set back at his most recent hospital visit, Tanja has been blown-away by Reilly's constant positivity and determination to help others understand about brain injury, especially younger people like himself. Here's Reilly's story....

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