In September 2016 Lauren Walkington sustained a traumatic brain injury in a high-speed road traffic collision. After being sedated at the scene and flown to Leeds General Infirmary by air ambulance, Lauren’s family were told to prepare for the worst.
Remarkably Lauren pulled through and she now writes about her experience of brain injury in her blog That Muddled Girl.
I started the blog around a year following my accident, in July 2017. I felt like people didn’t understand, but I didn’t want to force things onto them. I thought it was a good way for me to get that information out there so that people could make the choice to find out more if they wanted to.
It has helped me to better understand myself and everything that was going on and gather my thoughts in a collective way.
I love quotes! They really inspire me. Long or short, they can change your mindset/perspective so quickly and that can make all the difference.
I don’t actually care too much about feedback as I use the blog more as a way of me getting my thoughts out there. Initially it was only me who could see it.
However, my friends and family who have read it are all very complimentary.
Be honest. Be relatable. My saving grace going through all this is knowing that I’m not alone because it can be a very lonely world.
Headway Harrogate and District was set up at the perfect time for me. I was just coming out of rehab and needing that support. It allowed me to meet people who just ‘got it’. And I mean really got it.
I regularly help out at the monthly cake stall to raise funds and bake for the local hospital. It’s really helped me with confidence and it makes me happy to know that I’m giving something back to the group that supports me so well.
Definitely not being able to do the things I once could. They said it was good that I had insight but sometimes it doesn’t feel like that because I’m aware of the things I once could do.
Walks in beautiful places and good conversation.
My memories! Especially of the three months I spent in America prior to the accident. They are what have kept me going.
Never take anything for granted. Appreciate everything because you could die tomorrow.
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