Category: Inspirational Stories

For many people with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) – every day can feel like the longest day adjusting to the change after their injury. In support and solidarity for anyone whose life has been affected by ABI, Headway Essex is launching its first “Longest Day” walk on Sunday 19th June. The event will be […]

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Be Someone’s Rainbow This Summer We are now in our final month of this year’s Virtual Colour5K and there’s still time to take part and make one final push to raise as much as possible for adults with acquired brain injury (ABI) and their families in Essex. The Virtual Colour5K is packed full of fun, […]

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My name is Pat, I live with my husband, and grown-up son and I have been his carer for 43 years. My son was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour in 1979. He had an operation to remove the tumour, followed by radiation to the brain and spine. The Unseen Daily Challenges of a Carer […]

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Volunteers’ Week 2021 Headway Essex volunteers come in all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life. Everyone has skills and time they are prepared to give. The reward is knowing their help contributes to making peoples’ lives better. At Headway Essex we are so grateful to all our amazing volunteers. We would not [...]
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A Life of Lockdown – ABI Week 2021 Over the last year, many of us have experienced the impact of lockdown. Being isolated from our family and friends has a negative impact on our mental health and motivation. Knowing lockdown is only for a limited time, provides some light at the end of the tunnel. […]

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One of our supporters, Wayne Chivers, who received help from Headway Essex, decided to take on our Virtual Colour5K. Wayne, who suffered a stroke in 2008, which left him paralysed down his left side of the body, has been walking from his greenhouse and back, every day for a month. Not expecting to raise more […]

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With Hard Work and Love, Trevor and Dorothy Prove There Can be a Happy Ever After   Trevor had his accident in 1992. On Christmas Eve, he was cleaning windows from a high ladder, overreached and fell. What followed was years of rehabilitation, loss of employment and the breakup of his marriage and family life. […]

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Maria & Steve’s Remarkable Story Sunday 24th September 2017 was just a normal day for Maria, before she came home after a busy day at work as an events manager. She went to run a bath, leaned forward and was suddenly hit by an excruciating and severe pain in her head. She screamed and her […]

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“You would never think about taking your laptop about without putting it in a case. Why would you not do the same for your own brain – the most precious computer you will ever own and for which there are no spare parts?” This is a quote that Ben Wilson, one of our clients at […]

Bernie and Pauline

Traumatic brain injury – A carer’s story This month marks exactly 10 years since Pauline and Bernie’s son, Gary, suffered a traumatic brain injury. The exact date and time, 3 November 2008 9.45pm, will be etched on their minds forever. Gary was loving life and working at a tattoo studio at the time. After work, […]

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