Episode 15 in a series of podcast discussions in which four people from south Manchester - Kavita Basi, Vanessa Robinson, Brooke Trotter and Rod Maxwell - discuss their experiences of dealing with the after effects of living with brain damage.
In this episode, they explore the theme of isolation and loneliness – an issue that has been talked about a lot through the Covid-19 pandemic, but which is all-too-familiar to the many people who live with the ongoing effects of brain injury.
The episode was recorded to support Headway's A life of lockdown? campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the impact of social isolation on those affected by brain injury, promoting the simple message of 'reach out to help out'.
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"In 2013 I had a brain haemorrhage, caused by a cavernoma (cluster of abnormal blood cells). This resulted in hydrocephalus (build up of fluid), which damaged parts of my brain, leaving me with a number of cognitive issues."
"In 2007 I was a student that was hit by a car at 50mph when I was on the pavement. My head smashed the windscreen causing a subarachnoid haemorrhage, several cranial fractures which left me in a coma 16 days. 14 years later I still have particular problems with fatigue, double vision as well has the standard problems associated with frontal lobe injuries."
"In March 2015 I was taken into A&E with a life threatening illness - Subarachnoid Brain Haemorrhage. I was treated by The Salford Royal Hospital with 4 brain operations leading to a Shunt inside. This condition is 50% survival and the remaining have serious disabilities like hearing, unable to walk , partially paralyzed and brain damage. I do suffer from partial issues but my mental health has been most affected and extreme fatigue."
"In October 2016, after a period of experiencing headaches and general memory issues I was diagnosed with a brain stem cavernoma which was subsequently removed in Salford Royal Hospital. The resultant impact on my memory caused me to retire from my role as a Management Consultant aged 46.
Since then I have been learning to live my life at a different pace, with my limitations - sometimes successfully, but not always...
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