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2019 - Life and Love after Brain Injury

Congratulations to Mike and Debbie who got married in October 2018.


Adjusting to life after having a brain injury can be incredibly difficult; relationships are complex for all of us, but even more so if you are directly affected by brain injury. A recent study found that 65% of partners of someone with a brain injury reported a breakdown in their relationships[1]. However, Mike from Norwich represents a story of hope and resilience through one of the toughest times of his life and how with the support from Headway Norfolk and Waveney, love can thrive after a brain injury.

In August 2015, after being sent for an MRI scan by his Doctor, Mike’s life was hit with terrible news that a tumour was discovered on his brain. The decision was quickly made that it be surgically removed, his then girlfriend Debs was by his side throughout the treatment. The operation was clinically successful, however the psychological effects were life changing and recovery had only just begun.

Following a referral, Mike was introduced to Headway Norfolk and Waveney, a charity aiming to improve life after brain injury and stroke. The sessions for clients promote independence, provide rehabilitative support and increase the understanding of brain injury. The Occupational Therapist and teams worked with Mike to tailor support, so he could move forward in a positive way as well as the best ways to manage his acquired brain injury. Activities at Headway Norfolk and Waveney range from communication, numeracy, physical movement and creative workshops as well as many others.

Mike said that ‘Headway Norfolk and Waveney has helped Debs and I adjust to life with an ABI’. On October the 17th 2018, Mike and Debs got married at a registry office and spent their honeymoon in Mexico, he hopes his story inspires others in a similar position and that love can flourish alongside a brain injury.


[1] Survey conducted by Headway UK in April 2018, focusing on relationships and brain injury