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Facing it head on: what does a traumatic brain injury feel like?

Each year across Britain some 350,000 people are admitted to hospital with an acquired brain injury. The results can be life changing with 500,000 people in the UK currently suffering long term disabilities as a result. Four years ago the … Continue reading

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Living with Long-Term Brain (Head) Injury

https://headbraininjury.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/living-with-long-term-brain-head-injury-4/ https://headbraininjury.wordpress.com/tag/brain/ and https://livingwithheadinjury.wordpress.com/2015/06/10/some-cognitive-effects-of-head-brain-injury/ “When a brain has been damaged, new neural pathways can be formed, learnt, strengthened and developed over time …with habit-forming, focus and practice.” “With focus, dedication, persistence and especially patience, support and love, a brain, any brain can be rewired to follow … Continue reading

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Two years after a brain injury left him introverted and aggressive, James Cracknell and his wife Bev tell how it nearly tore them apart

http://headbraininjury.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/two-years-after-a-brain-injury-left-him-introverted-and-aggressive-james-cracknell-and-his-wife-bev-tell-how-it-nearly-tore-them-apart/ “We share what we know, so that we all may grow.” “Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, support, enrich, uplift and perhaps … Continue reading

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What Does it Feel Like to be Brain Damaged?

In learning to live with my brain damage, I have found through trial and error, that certain things help greatly and others hinder coping. In order to learn and retain information best, I try to eliminate as many distractions as possible and concentrate all my mental energy to the task at hand. A structured routine, well organized and a serene atmosphere at home and as far as possible at work, is vital to me. In the past, I enjoyed a rather chaotic lifestyle; but now I find I want a place for everything and everything in its place. When remembering is difficult, order and habit make a minutia of daily living much easier.
Coping is also easier in the milieu that is free of emotional tension, competitiveness, anxiety and pressure. I see all of these as distractions, that lessen my ability to learn, just as surely as noise, chaos and change in the physical setting. I find it hard to absorb and retain new information in a meeting with people who are new to me and where there is a constant interchange of ideas and personalities. Yet in a one-to-one situation with a familiar client, or working in my office with colleagues whom I know and trust, in an orderly and systematic fashion, I can retain far more and function far more effectively. In other words, simplification of the external situation, both physical and emotional, assists me to master new information. The more complexity around me, the less I am able to cope.

I also find that physical fatigue cuts down my concentration and so I now try to tackle new tasks in the morning, when I am physically fresh.
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Living with Long-Term Brain (Head) Injury

WILLIAM FAIRBANKS Interview with Kathryn Ryan on National Radio (4th Feb 2010)


“There is excellent medical care immediately post-trauma. However, there is little follow-up after the initial trauma. Every day I have to come to terms with my brain injury, to learn. I don’t handle interruptions. It’s like being in a movie. Each person with a brain injury is different…and is affected in different ways. I do one thing at a time – break into little tasks. I really live in the present. No-one ever explained to me how to cope, how to deal with everyday living. I had to learn strategies for myself.

Difficulties in ‘making connections’:

I can only handle “one-on-one” situations. I can’t hold two thoughts in my mind at the same time. A ringing phone will interrupt my thought and sequence. I easily lose the ‘flow’ of the task I was engaged in. Then I have difficulty wondering what to do next! I have to clear clutter to simplify my life. Get easily ‘thrown’ Head injured people are often self absorbed. (Probably helps them cope with life through focussing??)

NB Everyone with a head injury is affected differently.

PPS: Do not what you can’t do – stop what you CAN do best! Continue reading

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I’LL DO IT MY WAY (book)

I guess, this book ‘My Story: I’ll Do It My Way’ tells the whole story… best
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