When a brain injury happens, it can put lives on hold. It can happen to anyone, at any age, at any time. No-one ever thinks a brain injury will happen to them. One of our brain injury survivors Kieran Cullen, suffered a brain injury after a bleed on the brain caused by a road traffic accident six years ago. A talented poet, Kieran now shares the reality of what it’s like to suddenly find yourself living with a brain injury. This is Kieran’s poem, The Shock.
Were you ever on your own, in a crowded place?
When you couldn’t hear the throng
And the ghost-like figures moved in waves
Then you knew there was something wrong
When your legs felt like feathers
And your arms were to no avail
Like a ship in the eye of a tempest
Without anchor, keel or sail
That’s the way it hits you
Then the birds come home to roost
Breathing becomes a labour
Like the tightening of a noose
A caring voice you long for
Or helping hand, to guide
But you are in isolation
Can you take this in your stride?
The next instant, you are surrounded by family
And it’s only then you know
Six weeks have been robbed in a moment
And the life you knew can never be so.