Real life stories

Debbie, seated looking at camera

Debbie’s bipolar story: “I was struggling inside – The Brain Charity gave me the courage to get back into the workplace”

Debbie had low self-esteem, but volunteering boosted her confidence

Category: Employment

Published: 19 January 2022

Rachel talks about the support she received from The Brain Charity in Liverpool

Rachel’s brain haemorrhage story: “I had to relearn how to talk; The Brain Charity has been a lifeline”

She spent 2 weeks in a coma and now struggles with slurred speech.

Category: Social activities

Published: 5 February 2021

Hazel and Robert

Hazel’s dementia story: “Dementia took away my husband’s ability to speak; Music Makes Us! helped us reconnect”

Robert, 92, was diagnosed with vascular dementia with Lewy bodies in December 2018.

Category: Dementia support

Published: 12 July 2021

Graham with his daughter Joanne, aged 19, who visited him in hospital before her end of school prom

Graham’s brain haemorrhage story: “I went from working in intensive care to being there myself”

Graham, 58, started his career as a pharmacist at The Walton Centre.

Category: Help in hospitals

Published: 31 August 2021

Paul began volunteering at \the Brain Charity following his diagnosis with motor neurone disease

Paul’s Motor Neurone Disease story: “The spirit of community at The Brain Charity makes me feel better about life”

Paul's MND means he can't work - he now volunteers at The Brain Food Cafe.

Category: Volunteering

Published: 1 November 2021

Laura and her wife Debbie

Laura’s foreign accent syndrome story: “I stopped leaving the house, but at The Brain Charity I’m accepted”

Laura's condition meant she stopped going out.

Category: Social activities

Published: 29 September 2021

Lindsey's Multiple Sclerosis story header

Lindsey’s MS story: “Diagnosis was like falling into a hole – The Brain Charity’s help was life-changing”

Lindsey was diagnosed with MS in October 2020.

Category: Welfare benefits

Published: 21 September 2021

The Brain Charity supported Sarah following a traumatic brain injury

Sarah’s brain injury story: “My head turned 180 degrees – The Brain Charity freed me from staring at four walls”

Doctors thought her dystonia and FND were a muscle injury or slipped disc.

Category: Social activities

Published: 15 March 2021

Jan enjoys volunteering on The Brain Charity reception

Jan’s brain tumour story: “The prospect of doing nothing was daunting; volunteering helped me get back to being me”

Jan was forced to give up her job - now volunteering gives her purpose.

Category: Volunteering

Published: 18 October 2021

Kim socialising at The Brain Charity cafe

Kim’s migraine story: “I thought only elderly people had strokes; The Brain Charity gave me a new lease of life”

Kim felt totally alone after she had a stroke before her 34th birthday.

Category: Support groups

Published: 10 November 2021