Category: Recovery

Writing my own happy ending

This week, I’m going to hit one year post surgery. One. Whole. Year. It’s certainly been a whirlwind of a year and every single one of the twelve months that have passed since my surgery has brought a new challenge. I’ve had two surgeries, thirty two nights in hospital and…

Living on a prayer

I’ve had this song stuck in my head all week. Why? Because I’m half way to my fundraising target! (62% of the way there actually, but that doesn’t have quite the same ring to it). Since I got my London Marathon place in September, friends, family, colleagues and complete strangers…

The good kind of hospital appointment!

Unsurprisingly, having as many hospital appointments to attend as I do isn’t fun. However, this week I’ve been to two appointments and come away smiling!  On Monday, I got the fantastic news that on 4th January, after exactly a year on antibiotics, I will take my last little red and…

Concentrating on concentration

This week, I’m talking about something that is sure to bring dread to most people. Exams. As I’ve probably mentioned to everyone I know once or twice, (sorry), I have an exam next week. I sat the exam last December in the midst of my mental health problems and given…

Ten months later

For most people, ten months seems like a lifetime. Right now, it’s ten months until September, and there are so many things to look forward to between now and then that we can’t help but think of it as a long time away. For me, the last ten months have…

Swings and roundabouts

When we recover from any illness, our natural instinct is to try and bounce back. To try and get back to normal life as quickly as humanly possible. When someone has a brain injury, that’s not possible. It takes a little longer to recover, and in some cases, a full…

My support network

Earlier this week I was sorting out my kitchen cupboards. Such a mundane thing to do, but it really got me thinking. I’ve got to the point in my journey where thankfully I only rely on a few tablets a day to keep me healthy. The supply that I collect…

I’m a worrier

Those of you who follow me on social media will know that I’ve had a rough few weeks. After a brilliant holiday in Scotland, I returned to work with a fading ear infection. Unfortunately, I only lasted an hour before I was on my way home again, via my GP’s…

On setbacks and learning to relax

I’ve spent the last week in Scotland to celebrate my brothers 30th birthday. The first few days of the holiday were spent in the beautiful highlands taking in some spectacular views. Despite the hilly landscape, my training runs seemed easier than usual because I found myself wanting to see what…

You don’t look disabled

Earlier in the week I got home to a letter on the doorstep. My brain injury identity card had arrived – a little piece of plastic that lists the day to day struggles I have with my brain.  The Brain Injury Identity Card is part of an initiative launched by…