Survivor Stories

Many of you have written to SameYou about your experience of brain injury and told us how you identified with Emilia's story. There was a common feeling of relief about hearing a familiar story from someone young, and speaking out to normalise the injury. People were comforted that Emilia had gone through something similar to them or to a family member or loved one. 

The overwhelming emotion was of gratitude that Emilia was breaking her silence and that enabled and emboldened so many others to tell their brain injury story - some for the first time. It was as if people now have permission to speak out about their story.

I get days when I just want to give up. But after hearing your story it has made me realise, I'm not on my own!

You have told us that by sharing your stories, and reading other people's, offers hope, comfort and much needed peer-to-peer support that is often hard to find. 

SameYou have created this support resource called Portraits to tell the untold story of brain injury. If you would like to share your story, please get in touch here.

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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Portrait: Jelena

Jelena's story helps raise awareness of the potential effects of a mosquito bite that carries the West Nile virus.

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Portrait: Amy

Amy tells us of how a brain tumour completely changed her life and of how having a tight support system during recovery is essential to learn to move forward.

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Portrait: Tracye

On December 7, 2004, I was 34 years young, strong and very healthy. While I was riding my horse, I suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH).

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Portrait: Brogan

Around 11pm, about two hours into my shift, I was getting some pickle juice from the walk-in cooler in the back and as I was walking back, to the bar, was when it hit me suddenly 

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Portrait: Malcolm

In June 2022, my dad Malcolm had a cardiac arrest and my mum did CPR for 18 minutes while she waited for the ambulance to arrive.

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