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Our podcast series Headpods

We have marked ABI Week (Action for Brain Injury Week) 2022 by launching a new podcast series called Headpods produced by Emma Martins. The podcast features inspiring interviews with people who have overcome huge adversity following their brain injury. Emma Martins is our Lived Experience Communicator and herself has an acquired brain injury.

Headpods is a series of inspirational survivor stories

It is produced and presented by Emma Martins. Emma was at the height of her career as a television producer when she sustained a brain injury caused by a life-threatening viral infection she contracted while on holiday in Vietnam. Given just a 20% chance of survival and spending three months in hospital, she fought extremely hard. Following her illness Emma had to relearn how to walk and come to terms with the realisation that it would be impossible for her to return to her previous career. Learning to adapt to having partial sight, cognitive fatigue and severe dyslexia as a result of her brain injury, she created a podcast titled The Longest Battle as part of her own rehabilitation and to help others experiencing their own traumas and life battles. The series included an interview with former model Heather Mills, who had to have her leg amputated below the knee following a traffic collision with a police motorcycle, at the height of her career in the early 90s. Following the success of The Longest Battle Emma has created the Headpods series.

Special thanks

We had great support for this podcast from UEA students in the Media Suite at Colgate and UEA who kindly allowed us free use of their recording equipment and studio as well as free editing time. Hatch Brenner Solicitors sponsored the launch event of Headpods on May 12th and helped raise awareness of this project.

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Episode 1

The episode features Stacey, who at 63-years old, working as a construction insurance broker, fell from three steps down an entire flight of stairs at home, whilst rushing to be on time for her Pilates group. She suffered a traumatic brain injury which wasn’t initially diagnosed due to her hip sustaining a break in the fall. During the pandemic Stacey was unable to find support in the community so a year after her fall she self-referred herself to Headway Norfolk and Waveney. There she joined a peer support group and has since become a volunteer within the charity’s ABI (acquired brain injury) Connections Programme.

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/show/0hBUKb39wHydI5CrgHJi8J

Emma Martins (Left) and Stacey (Right)

Episode 2

Coming this month...

This episode features Chris who changed his career from London carpenter to Headway area manager after his ABI. Receiving life support and being in a coma with no recollection, Chris has made a miraculous recovery. In his HeadPod, he talks about the early days and the support that Headway offered him, up to the present day where he is thriving in a new career that he may have never chosen.

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