“Without Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, I would probably be dead. 

I would have probably taken the wrong tablets or just given up.”

– Stephen, Brain Injury Survivor

The story of a soldier, a father, a brother, a son, a friend and now a Brain Injury Survivor.

And about Christmas is not the most wonderful time of the year for some.

Stephen was a soldier. He was in his twenties. And he was a fit and healthy young man.

But a brain injury doesn’t care how young, fit or healthy we are. A brain injury doesn’t discriminate.

When Stephen had a fall while on duty he didn’t expect it to be so serious, But it was.

Stephen acquired a brain injury that day. It affected the function of his bladder, it stole his career from him as he was discharged from the defence forces.

And it stole many precious moments of fatherhood from him as his daughter, Molly was only a year old at the time.

Losing his future in the army, was a devastating blow to Stephen. But when the army connected him with our team, our supporters generosity meant that support was there when he needed it most.

The team helped Stephen open up to his family, participate in groups for Brain Injury Survivors and engage in one to one neurorehabilitation support.

It has been a hard road for Stephen to get to where he is today. And there have been so many times that he has thought about giving up.

But because of vital donations, Stephen has had the support he needed to navigate this rough road.

This Christmas, you can ensure that more brain injury survivors can receive the same life-changing support that Stephen has by sending a special donation.


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