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Where will you be in 10 years’ time?
At Headway, we know that with the right help, at the right time, there can be life after brain injury. Quite rightly, we promote a message of encouragement to those battling to rebuild their lives after brain injury, while acknowledging that for some that’s sadly not an option.
Having a strong drive and determination can help on the long road to recovery, whatever form that may take. Of course, that is so much easier said than done and effort alone cannot fi x an injured brain. But when we hear of brain injury survivors celebrating achievements or milestones they never thought possible, we can’t help but feel humbled and inspired.
The front cover of the 2007 Headway Annual Review featured the smiling face of Christina Corp. When she was just 17 years old, Christina was involved in a road traffic collision that left her in a coma for 13 weeks.
Less than three years later, Christina chose to share her experience of brain injury. In the article, Christina spoke about having to re-learn to do everything she once took for granted. She explained how difficult that was for a 17 year old to accept. She opened up about losing her memories and sense of self. But she also spoke of hope. Of determination. Of looking forward to a positive future – however different it might be from the one she had planned.
Fast forward a decade and there’s Christina – sat on The One Show sofa, being interviewed live on prime-time television with her new husband alongside her. And that got us thinking. Where will we all be in 10 years’ time? What will we achieve? Or more to the point, what could we achieve?
Achieving meaningful goals is about setting appropriate targets that are both realistic and yet challenging. It’s about ensuring you have the right help. And it’s about having the right attitude.
Christina has shown that there can be life after a severe ABI. It is hard to not be inspired by her positivity or indeed the achievements of our 12 Annual Awards finalists (you can read about them on page 16).
What will happen in each of our lives over the next 10 years? Who knows! In the meantime, let’s all raise a glass in honour of the happy couple and celebrate all achievements – large or small – that prove there can be life after brain injury.
The Communications Team
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