Real life stories
Real life stories
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.
Published: 5 February 2021
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, 58, started his career as a pharmacist at The Walton Centre.
Category: Help in hospitals
Published: 31 August 2021
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.
Published: 1 November 2021
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.
Published: 29 September 2021
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
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.
Published: 15 March 2021
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.
Published: 18 October 2021
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
Craig’s COVID-19 story: “The Brain Charity’s weekly phone befriending calls kept me alive during the pandemic”
The 66-year-old faced debilitating loneliness during the lockdowns.
Category: Phone befriending
Published: 4 August 2021