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Laura Macfarlane

Laura Macfarlane

The severity of post-concussion syndrome is not correlated to the significance of the brain injury.

In August 2021, Alex competed in his second Ironman triathlon event, Ironman Vichy. His fiancée Laura was watching a live tracker as he progressed through the event and in an impressive time, too. Then there was a nerve-racking 20 minutes where his tracker didn't move - Alex had come off his bike.

Luckily for Alex, he came off right in front of an ambulance, where an eight-strong team of medics spent twenty minutes assessing him, eventually agreeing to his protests that he was okay and that he could continue the event.

Alex went on to ride for another hour and a half and run a marathon in a ridiculous 3 hours and 24 minutes.

The worst was yet to come

It wasn't until 24 hours later that the concussion symptoms started. Alex started getting headaches, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, brain fog, cognitive issues and a whole host of other issues. A few days after the accident, he realised something was seriously wrong and went to A&E, where he was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome.

The severity of post-concussion syndrome is not correlated to the significance of the brain injury.

Despite the initial accident feeling like a relatively minor incident, it has been over two years now, and Alex still hasn’t fully recovered. His long-term symptoms have ranged from losing his balance and barely being able to walk to an inability to hear a loud noise and severe migraines, to name a few - very much putting his life on hold. Alex is working hard on his recovery and making progress daily.

Here comes Laura

Knowing how important Headway’s support has been for them both throughout Alex’s journey, Laura is now taking on a challenge of her own. She will be running the Paris 2024 Marathon to raise money for Headway – the brain injury association.

Laura said:

Brain injuries are significantly under-researched, and in our darkest hour, we turned to Headway for support. They gave us hope and supported Alex in making the first steps of his recovery.

You can follow Laura’s training and support her fundraising efforts here.

 

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