The pieces of my former self

If you knew me before my brain injury then you’ll know that I used to spend a lot of time sitting at my piano making music. I wasn’t the greatest pianist, but there are several pieces that I loved to sit down and just play. Post injury, I’ve really struggled…

Time to Talk

I’ve made no secret of the mental health issues that the early stages of my illness caused. Back in Autumn of 2018, which feels like a lifetime ago now, I was struggling to function. I was scared to leave the house and I spent most of my time curled up…

Rest – the key to success

I’ve briefly mentioned in previous posts how important it is for brain injury survivors to find balance between going out and getting on with their lives and getting plenty of rest. Until this week, I’d not realised quite how true that really is. Last week was a really rough week…

Fatigue & Failure

This week has been a rough week for my brain and I. Fatigue has hit me like a ton of bricks and I’ve spent most of my evenings and pretty much all of my weekend napping the time by to try and give my brain the rest it needs. When…

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…

When music hits you, you feel no pain.

I recently launched my fundraising event and pub quiz: Brain Buster. I realised quite early on in the planning of the event that the biggest challenge I’d face would be convincing people to donate items that I could use in an auction or raffle – which is where I’m hoping…

New year, same me

The new year has arrived and as usual, it’s been heralded by hoards of people taking to social media to declare that they’re taking part in Dry January and #NewYearNewMe has been trending across all platforms for days. Whilst it’s admirable to have aspirations for making yourself a better person,…

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 reason behind my madness

Earlier in the week, I did a pre-work run. For me, training before work means an 05:15 alarm clock and leaving the house at 05:30. It was only just above freezing, it was dark and it was raining, all of which contributed to it being a pretty miserable experience. By…

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…