Val had a busy and independent life, filled with dancing, hiking and socialising with friends. But when a freak accident occurred in 2012, her world was turned upside-down. While out shopping, a huge heavy steel panel fell on Val from a construction site, causing her brain to haemorrhage resulting in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The severe effects of her injury (migraines, dizziness, fatigue) left Val unable to work and struggling to come to terms with what had happened.

Val turned to Headway Worcestershire for help; she was signposted to the appropriate counselling service and was encouraged to attend a support group for help and guidance. “Headway helped me to accept my disability and get to know this ‘new’ me. They enabled me to find a feeling of purpose again, I will be forever grateful and appreciative for that”. Now Val’s life is back on track. She still suffers from the effects of her injury, but has regained her confidence, independence and lust for life! She volunteers at Headway Worcestershire and has even completed a self-help training course to offer 121 sessions to share her experience with other survivors, showing them there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Val’s Story