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 never thought I would have a stroke at 18 years old

Reilly was 18 when he suffered a stroke following a terrible car accident on his drive to school. He contacted Tanja to tell his story, and to talk wanting to raise awareness for brain injury and become a fundraiser for SameYou.  Despite a set back at his most recent hospital visit, Tanja has been blown-away by Reilly's constant positivity and determination to help others understand about brain injury, especially younger people like himself. Here's Reilly's story....

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