Real life stories

Kamani and her husband

Kamani’s functional neurological disorder story: “Applying for PIP left me feeling anxious and helpless – the Brain Charity helped me change my life”

Kamani was left without financial support after her PIP application was rejected.

Category: Welfare benefits

Published: 20 June 2022

John at his Neuro-versity graduation ceremony

John’s CADASIL story: “CADASIL causes me stress and anxiety. The Brain Charity’s employment team fills me with confidence.”

John got a new job two months ago after working with our employment team.

Category: Employment

Published: 6 June 2022

A woman's hands holding an empty purse

Mary’s autism story: “Welfare benefits applications are so stressful – The Brain Charity was a total game changer”

Helping Mary apply for DLA and PIP reduced the financial pressures on her family.

Category: Welfare benefits

Published: 10 May 2022

Pauline sitting on a hill looking at the camera

Pauline’s executive dysfunction story: “COVID left me isolated: The Brain Charity welcomed me with open arms”

Pauline has Alice in Wonderland Syndrome, an extremely rare illness which can cause parts of

Category: Phone befriending

Published: 28 April 2022

Paul’s subarachnoid haemorrhage story: “I had to relearn how to walk and fell into debt. The Brain Charity was a breath of fresh air”

Single dad Paul couldn't work after his subarachnoid brain haemorrhage and got into debt.

Category: Help in hospitals

Published: 28 April 2022

Rose at The Brain Charity's centre

Rose’s aphasia story: “A stroke took my voice away. Singing in The Brain Charity’s choir helped me find it again”

When Rose's ability to speak returned following a stroke, she had a Russian accent.

Category: Social activities

Published: 13 April 2022

Exterior of The Brain Charity on Norton Street in Liverpool

Ian’s Huntington’s Disease story

Ian passed away after failings in his care. The Brain Charity supported his family.

Category: Legal advice

Published: 30 March 2022

New mother in hospital holding baby

Donna’s story: “My granddaughter was born with a rare brain condition – The Brain Charity’s help was invaluable”

The diagnosis was a huge shock - The Brain Charity provided vital information.

Category: Help in hospitals

Published: 2 February 2022

Dominick, who received support from The Brain Charity after experiencing an AVM

Dominick’s AVM story: “I thought I was too young to have a stroke at 24 – The Brain Charity motivated me to keep going”

Dominick learned to walk and talk again following 9-hour brain surgery to remove the arteriovenous

Category: Info & advice

Published: 19 April 2022

William enjoying an art workshop at home with The Brain Charity's Brain 6t8rt7ytyChanger Arts Project

William’s Down’s syndrome story: “We feel so lucky we discovered The Brain Changer Arts Project during the COVID-19 lockdowns”

Our art and occupational therapy sessions helped William keep practicing his fine motor skills during

Category: Help for children

Published: 11 May 2022