9 October 2023

Karina’s Story

“I was on life support for… I don’t even know how long. They thought I was going to die. It was so difficult. I am grateful that I am still here today.”

After a traumatic car accident in Wexford 17 years ago, I found myself on life support, grappling with a severe brain injury and the need for a wheelchair. Those were dark times, and the doctors had their doubts about my recovery. But with unwavering determination and the incredible support of my family, I embarked on a challenging journey of recovery.

Acquired Brain Injury Ireland in Wexford played a pivotal role in my journey to regain my strength and independence. Their comprehensive services and the welcoming environment of the Wexford Clubhouse became my lifeline. They not only helped me regain my physical strength but also nurtured my confidence.


“A place like this is really worthwhile.”

The Wexford Clubhouse has been a haven of support and inclusion for me. It’s a place where people with unique challenges come together, celebrate our differences, and build lasting friendships. Natasha, an exceptional and dedicated Team Leader at the Wexford Clubhouse, plays a crucial role in fostering a sense of inclusion and acceptance within the group.

The Clubhouse in Wexford has been a lifesaver for me, providing vital peer support and group rehabilitation. One of the highlights of my week is Thursday, a day filled with activities at the Clubhouse. I start with aqua aerobics, followed by an afternoon of woodcarving, and I end the day with a creative writing workshop. These activities not only provide an outlet for my creativity but also boost my self-esteem.

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But my journey isn’t just about visible progress. It’s also about personal growth, a deepening bond with my family, and a sense of gratitude for the support I’ve received. Acquired Brain Injury Ireland isn’t just a support system; it’s a warm and accepting community where individuals are encouraged to embrace their unique abilities and work toward their goals.

My story is one of resilience, hope, and the power of community. It’s a testament to the life-changing impact of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland’s services here in Wexford. They provided me with support through a rehabilitation assistant, helped me get fit with aqua aerobics, taught me new woodcarving skills, and made me feel like I belong.

You can help to provide the opportunity for brain injury survivors, who are in Wexford, to rebuild the dreams that brain injury has taken away.

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