Life has never been the same for Liz since her brain haemorrhaged in 1993. She survived with no real physical effects, but her personality had changed completely.

“Although I looked the same, I was a different person. Suddenly I became nervous around people and couldn’t remember words. I became agoraphobic and suffered from crippling anxiety and panic attacks. My confidence plummeted and I fell into a very deep depression”.

The effects of her brain injury put a huge strain on Liz’s husband and three daughters, who no longer recognised the person she had become. The couple divorced and the children were separated; a common family occurrence in the aftermath of a brain injury.

Liz was referred to Headway Worcestershire and began seeing a counsellor at home. She has since used Headway’s services intermittently throughout her journey, whenever she’s needed some extra support. Now, Liz lives in sheltered housing and is slowly regaining her confidence. She understands that her rehabilitation is a journey and will accept the backward steps with the forward.

“It’s important for people to understand that although I may look the same, the changes in my mind were huge. My brain injury is a silent disability, which is so widely misunderstood”.