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Metro covers the stories of brain injury survivors with hidden disabilities

Tue 27 Aug 2019

Metro Online has featured the stories of two brain injury survivors, Ron Gains and Donna Siggers, who are both living with invisible disabilities.

Ron, who struggles with short-term memory loss following a ruptured aneurysm, told Metro Online: "I remember things for five to seven days maximum and that unfortunately is my life.

"It gets to 8pm and I lose track of what I have done, even in the course of the day."

Ron also took the opportunity to thank Headway for providing him with a Headway Brain Injury Identity Card.

He said: "For me, the card acts as conformation of my brain injury. It helps others to understand some of the challenges I face if I'm in a vulnerable situation."

You can carry on reading Ron's story here.

Metro Online also spoke to Donna Siggers, publishing her story as part of the 'You Don't Look Sick' series which shares the experiences of those living with a hidden disability.

Donna was assaulted in 2014 whilst at work, leaving her unable to remember the names of simple everyday items.

Within the article, Donna said: "Having to live without a memory has possibly been the most frustrating process I’ve experienced.

"Invisible illness is under-represented and therefore misunderstood. Education is vital, in my opinion but in order for this to change it has to be recognised at a government level that the acts in place are not working for the majority of the people affected."

You can find out more about Donna's challenges following brain injury here.

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