Survivor Stories

On the 21st March 2019 the actor Emilia Clarke shared her deeply personal experiences of having two cerebral aneurysm bleeds. She spoke of having two neurosurgeries and the consequent neurological symptoms such as losing her speech, pain, fatigue and the psychological impact. Emilia realised she was not alone and that others had experienced similar things. So she asked you to tell her your story - and you and your loved ones responded with stories of your pain, loss, resilience and recovery, just like Emilia.

On this page, survivors, carers, friends and family share their personal experiences of acquired brain and traumatic brain injuries.

I was scared. I didn’t know how I was going to support him.

At 29, Chris was a fit and healthy young man, he had a physical job as a carpenter, played football 3 times a week, and could run a half marathon with no training in less than 2 hours. April 21st 2017; Chris got up and out of bed at 6:30am, and I remember these next moments of our lives like they were 2 minutes ago.


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Three seconds that changed my life

Brooke was hit by a speeding car in 2007. After 14 years of rehab, he is using his voice and story to increase awareness and understanding of Traumatic Brain Injury.

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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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