‘Some Days are Better than Others’
Action for Brain Injury Week – 18th May to 24th May
Coming to terms with an acquired brain injury is tough and that is before the recovery process has even begun. Life for the individual, family and friends will never be the same again. The time scale of recovery varies immensely, as do the effects each brain injury survivor experiences.
Some days the effects will be bearable and the individual may feel like their old selves again, however, for many bad days are just as common as the better ones. Outwardly, many brain injury survivors will appear absolutely fine, however, they will often be battling with some of the long term effects including short term memory impairment, headaches, depression and lethargy or exhaustion. Communication problems, emotional and behavioural difficulties, cognitive and physical problems and post traumatic amnesia are very often experienced after a brain injury.
Headway Jersey aims to increase public awareness and understanding of the difficulties our members may be experience on a day to day basis. The effects of brain injury can often be ‘invisible’ and recovery is an ongoing process – symptoms will differ from person to person and fluctuate from day to day. Good days will occur – but this doesn’t mean that the individual is suddenly cured. There are many people who live with an invisible disability in Jersey and even though we may not be able to see the symptoms, we can increase our understanding and accept that there will be bad days as well as good.
Throughout the week many Islanders including Headway members, volunteers and supporters will be helping to increase awareness of brain injury and raise much needed funds for the charity. There will be a range of activities and fundraising initiatives between 18th – 24th including Hats4Headway Day on Friday 22nd May. The charity hopes that local companies, businesses, schools and community based organisations sign up and get involved with the event.
For more information regarding (UK) statistics behind the hidden disability – please click on the link below:
Read our Action for Brain Injury Week Newsletter with personal stories from Headway Jersey members.