Survivor Stories

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Portrait: Matthew

In his portrait, Matthew describes his first thoughts after waking up from a tragic car accident and the long recovery journey that ensued.

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Portrait: Joanie and Sarah

My daughter, Sarah, was 18 and a few months away from going to Uni to study biology. While at school, she suffered a stroke during her first lesson.

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Portrait: Jennifer

At age 27, a lightning strike reshaped Jennifer's world. After being paralyzed from the waist down and suffering from nerve problems, Jennifer embarked on a courageous journey to navigate life again.

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Portrait: Michelle and Tim

Having to transition from wife to carer in the matter of a morning requires adjustments. I feel loved ones need the help and support as much as the survivors, as they have to live with the brain injury just as much as we do.

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Portrait: Megan

Megan's world was turned upside down after suffering from a brain infection. Despite this, Megan didn't lose hope and courageously fought to regain her independence.

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Portrait: Elin

You’re about to read Elin’s remarkable story of recovering from a brain haemorrhage. This is a story of how life can change in an instant, a story of self-determination and a story of hope.

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Portrait: Sanna

Sanna is 29 years old and had a bike accident on her way to work. This resulted in a skull fracture and 2 brain bleeds.

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Portrait: Markéta

After suffering from a brain aneurysm, Markéta’s world was turned upside down. It was her family, friends and online communities that kept her going, after feeling scared about surgery and the future.

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Portrait: Valerie

After a diagnosis of Dural Venous Sinus Thrombosis that led to the discovery of a stroke, Valerie would like to tell her story of navigating the long process of recovery that followed, to support other brain injury survivors.

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Portrait: Sophie's Dad

We want to share Sophie and her dad’s story, whose lives were completely transformed when Sophie’s dad suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage, an uncommon type of stroke which is caused by bleeding on the brain’s surface and typically has no warning signs.

In this powerful story, you’ll read about Sophie’s dad’s fighting spirit throughout it all which continues to this day, as well as the journey they’ve been on together and the hope they share for the future.

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Portrait: Rachel

Rachel had gone out on a scooter ride to check out the animals in her new farmland, but was then found nearly lifeless on the side of the road.

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Portrait: Sake

At the age of 15, I experienced a life-threatening aneurysm while go-karting.

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Portrait: Andrew

On June 29th 2018, I had a ruptured brain aneurysm and subarachnoid hemorrhage. I was at an airport about to board a plane.

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Portrait: Tim

Tim was driving his daughter to school when he suffered a series of epileptic seizures. It was not until a year later that he was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour that would go on to change his life.

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Portrait: Erin

For Erin, stroke was the hardest to hear.  24 years ago, her mom, suffered a stroke where they almost lost her.  She was now being admitted to the same ICU she sat in as a teen praying for her mom to survive.

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Portrait: Scott

After a 40ft fall, Scott's parents and girlfriend were told that if he survived, he would be in an inpatient facility for two years.

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Portrait: Dana

In the summer of 2009, at the age of 44, my life changed forever. An active, full-time mom and wife, I suddenly began to experience troubling symptoms. 

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Portrait: Nicole

After her team finished swimming preliminaries during the conference, Nicole returned to her room to rest and later experienced an ischemic stroke. 

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Portrait: Enisa

Enisa shares her story of experiencing an intracerebral hemorrhage caused by a cavernoma, and the ups and downs of her recovery process. 

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Volunteer Q&A: Lacy

Lacy is a huge fan of Emilia since her portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones. As someone with a rare ABI, and after hearing of Emilia's story, Lacy was inspired to become a volunteer and is loving every minute of it!

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