The Return of my Driving Licence

February 2, 2014

Brain recovery can be up to 2 years and there can be permanent damage after this period of time. People should always be mindful of this long recovery. After a while, I found that people forget it’s a long journey. I always appreciated an ask of  ‘how’s your recovery going?’ and general interest in how I was doing.

February 7, 2014

Mark was encouraging me to start driving. He organised for us to go to an unused site so that I could get behind the wheel and see how I felt. I appreciated it; I needed that push. It felt great to go for a spin! It was like I had never stopped. This gave me some confidence but I still didn’t feel ready to drive.

February 12, 2014

I was really pleased to receive a letter inviting Gemma and me to be Golden Heart committee members for Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals! Each year there is a prestigious award night for Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals. It’s for staff who have gone above and beyond in the organisation. It was an honour to be invited onto the committee of people who have to decide the winners for the awards. I was really proud. This was in recognition of the half marathon I had organised which raised £17000 for ward 4/40. We were invited to attend a meeting with our other committee members to select the winners of the awards. We were looking forward to this amazing experience.

February 15, 2014

Seeing Lisa for support with low mood had been essential. Her advice and education were incredibly valuable in getting me through recovery. I am a huge advocate of accessing mental health services in times of need. Who knows where I would be now if I hadn’t have reached out for support.

February 21, 2014

Personally, I can relate to apathy a lot through brain recovery. Not completely in every sense but it was certainly there. I found that the chart on this link made sense for aspects of my life I was struggling with.


February 26, 2014

I was doing lots of training for the triathlon. There was no looking back as we had entered into a local event. Training was tough, particularly the swimming. I had been going on my own twice a week and not seen much progress. I needed some expert advice, so I built up the courage and went to a triathlon club with Chris. Everyone was really nice and the coaches were first class.