Survivor Stories

Portrait: Georgie

In her early 20s, with no prior symptoms Georgie's stroke came as a huge shock and reminder that you never know what is around the corner.

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Portrait: Esther

Aged 32, nothing suggested that I would wake up one day with such an event that turns one's life upside down in a second.

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Portrait: Sheila

Sheila had a brain haemorrhage following brain surgery to take out a vascular tumor or cavernoma. Her story provides reassuring advice to those who may have gone through a similar experience.

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Portrait: Shan Shan

Shan Shan relates some of the challenges she experienced as a health professional recovering from a traumatic brain injury.

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Portrait: Niamh

On 29 April 2021, I experienced a sharp and severe onset of a headache. It was the worst pain I have felt but having not been affected by headaches I thought that it was a migraine.

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Portrait: Laura

I was 32 years old when I had my strokes. I was diagnosed with antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, or APS, which caused my blood to clot. The clot ended up in the right hemisphere of my brain, causing both strokes.

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Portrait: Suszanne

Suszanne has advocated for more support to be available during brain injury recovery and is now fighting for better care of other patients.

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Portrait: Michael

The first head injury I received was an earth-shattering experience.

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Portrait: Julia

In mid-late 2021, 20-year-old Julia became critically ill.

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Portrait: Jennifer

Jennifer's stroke affected her vision, hearing, balance, ability to walk, and weakened her left side.

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Portrait: Iveta

Before I suffered a ruptured aneurysm and subsequent brain surgery at 36, I had felt young, strong, beautiful and independent. I had felt invincible. The brain injury left me devastated – both physically and emotionally.

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Portrait: Alicia

On September 13th 2011, I defied the odds after my bike crash put me in a 13-day coma leaving me struggling with severe amnesia, vestibular system damage, and diffuse axonal contusions.

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Portrait: Megan

I was on a city bike in uptown Minneapolis, on my way home, when without warning I suffered from a subarachnoid ruptured brain aneurysm, a brain hemorrhage and stroke.

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Portrait: Janine

I am a secondary school teacher and on the 24th October, 2019, I was about to get up and get ready for work when I sneezed. Although I did not know it yet, a Blister-type aneurysm had ruptured in my brain and I was experiencing a Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.

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Portrait: Hanna Maria

At the age of 29 I survived a head-on collision. My brain moved around so much that the mid-line shifted entirely. 

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Portrait: Catherine L

I remember nothing of this...I was found sick over the toilet saying I had a excruciating headache and I thought I had a brain hemorrhage.

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Portrait: Samantha M

I thought I was doing everything correctly – working out, maintaining a slim, trim body, yoga, etc. but aged 44, I had 2 Trans Ischaemic Attacks (‘TIAs’) and a more severe stroke.

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Portrait: Steve

After my third visit to the hospital in three days, I was home and suddenly everything changed. So off to the hospital for a 4th time. 

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Portrait: Pedro

On December 4th of 2014, I was biking to work when I was hit by an SUV. I suffered a traumatic brain injury that permanently changed my life.

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Portrait: Vik

How it all started...Tik Tik Tik Tik Tik. "Guys, you hear that?" I asked.  

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