Joe’s Journey eyes wide open

The rest of my life is the best of my life…

Joe’s first flight in three years to Dublin.  British Airways stepped in to help Joe on a milestone journey from Heathrow to Dublin. Though not a long journey, it was his first flight since he suffered a life-changing brain injury in June 2014.

On Facebook Joe’s BA video has had more than 2m views!  Enjoy the video.

The workings of an injured brain

A picture can say a thousand words . . . .

Joe Horse Picture
Picasso eat your heart out

I LOVE this picture Joe drew last month. It may be hard to recognise it is a horse as it is in so many parts, but it tells a story in itself.

The frontal lobe area of Joe’s brain sustained injury, affecting his ‘Executive Functions’ – planning, organising and initiating. Joe’s perception of space is also affected. And his brain can neglect the left side, causing him to simply not see space or things on his left.

The picture illustrates how Joe’s brain currently thinks and processes – it is fascinating, but in every day life makes every day tasks challenging.

Examples – difficulty working out the right way up for the iPad or iPhone, difficulty turning pages in a book, difficulty working out the different parts of a t-shirt to put it on. Sometimes Joe may be given a very clear instruction to go a certain way, but his brain tells his body to do something else.

Joe is working hard on learning strategies to compensate and help him re-learn the things so easily taken for granted.

Shades of Bronte Beach – Sydney

Joe at Bronte Beach
Bronte Beach
Bronte Beach Surf Rescue
Bronte Beach
Bronte Beach
Bronte Beach

Gratitude is so important, not just today but every day.

Every day I have much to be thankful for, including the love and support of friends.

I hope you find gratitude in your daily life too.