Danny was just 21 when he got into a nightclub fight.

Sarah was 63 when she was assaulted walking home one evening with friends.

Sam was 38 when she was involved in a serious car accident.

All three sustained brain injuries that have significantly changed their lives.

All three tell their incredible stories on a new website which aims to shed light on the different experiences of brain injury.

 Who Are You Now?

Who Are You Now? is an online project run by Headway East London , a charity supporting people affected by brain injury. They developed the project to help survivors regain their voices and the confidence to use them, and to help the public better understand the impact of brain injury.

Here people talk about who they are, what happened to them and how they have been changed. The stories can be harrowing, but also incredibly inspiring: Sam has developed a talent for art, whilst Danny has spoken in the House of Lords about his story.

Who Are You Now?

“It gets better all the time” – Sam

Sam: It gets better all the time. Definitely. You have to learn to accept the person that you are. And other people should try to understand you

The key strength of the project therefore remains the ability to reach out to others.

Laura Owens, Communications Manager at Headway East London says, “The response has been fantastic – people from all across the world have been getting in touch to praise the project and ask about contributing their own story. We have now opened up for readers’ submissions so anybody affected by brain injury; survivors, family, friends and carers, can write about their experience too. “

Read the stories and submit your own

To read the stories and contribute your own please visit the Who Are You Now? website.

To find out more about brain injury, please visit Headway East London, or contact Headway UK to find your nearest branch or group.

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Nisha Kotecha is the Founder of Good News Shared. Having worked and volunteered for charities in the UK for over 10 years, Nisha is on a mission to highlight how amazing charities are.

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