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.
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.
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.
Shan Shan relates some of the challenges she experienced as a health professional recovering from a traumatic brain injury.
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.
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.
Suszanne has advocated for more support to be available during brain injury recovery and is now fighting for better care of other patients.
The first head injury I received was an earth-shattering experience.
In mid-late 2021, 20-year-old Julia became critically ill.
Jennifer's stroke affected her vision, hearing, balance, ability to walk, and weakened her left side.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At the age of 29 I survived a head-on collision. My brain moved around so much that the mid-line shifted entirely.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How it all started...Tik Tik Tik Tik Tik. "Guys, you hear that?" I asked.