In the first week of January 2019 I went to A&E with a bad ear infection. I was kept in hospital in the hope that antibiotics would clear the infection. The next three weeks saw the situation deteriorate to the point where sepsis had set in and I was fighting for my life. One of the only bits of January I remember well is being in the back of an ambulance, in a snow storm, barely able to breathe. The infection had spread to my brain and I was on my way to Addenbrookes hospital in Cambridge for life saving brain surgery. To be honest, I can think of better ways to start a new year!
Whilst I have no doubt that the fantastic team at Addenbrookes saved my life, NHS treatment only goes so far. Continuing treatment ensures the infection has gone, but I’m left with the lasting effects of damage to both my brain and my ear.
That’s where Headway Oxfordshire come in. After several months of struggling through the endless symptoms of brain injury, I stumbled across the Headway Oxfordshire website. Since July, I have been supported by the incredible Headway team and, slowly but surely they are helping me get back to my pre-injury self. They’ve supported me so much that I decided they deserved a little support in return.
On the 26th April 2020 I will run 26.2 miles along the streets of London to raise money for Headway Oxfordshire.
Headway provide a huge variety of support services to those affected by brain injury. Services range from vocational support in getting back to ‘normal’ through to speech and language therapy for those who suffer from speech impediments post injury.
Having experienced the benefits of Headway first-hand, I think any donation is incredibly well deserved. So please, please, donate whatever you can. It really does mean the world.
26 Miles from Brain Injury is my way of telling my story and raising awareness of Headway and the brilliant work they do to support brain injury rehabilitation. I’ll bring you weekly updates about how I deal with my brain injury symptoms and what I’m doing to get myself marathon ready
I’m an open book about my injury and my experiences with Headway, so please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.