We all have stories to tell and as part of the ‘Looking Back at Making Headway’ project we wanted to capture contemporary stories about brain injury.
We believe that the people who come to Headway Cambridgeshire are ‘experts by experience’ and their personal stories are the best way to understand what it is like to live with a brain injury today. Working in partnership with Shelley Lockwood, at the Museum of Cambridge, we trained ten volunteers to collect Oral Histories. An Oral History is a spoken record of somebody’s thoughts, feelings and experiences. Oral histories are often called “living histories” because they contain the experiences of people who are alive, told in their own words.
In the recorded Oral Histories you can hear the personal experiences of people treated for a brain injury and their thoughts on medical care, families, challenges and rewards, attitudes to disability and how their lives might be different following their injury.
‘People seem to think there is a downside, and it was a down side … but it’s part of me. I realised I’m seeing a different side of life.’ – Stephen
We would like to thank everyone who shared their stories with us for this project. You can click on the play buttons to listen and read their stories.
“ The Hospital Brain Injury Co-ordinator became someone who absolutely understood how I felt, I didn’t need to explain. I could talk about my fears and worries. She was such a great support through the difficult days, but could also celebrate the small step successes, which was important to me. ”