Shine is produced for participants of Lifetime Care and the Workers Care Program. Through sharing personal stories in their own voice, others can learn about life after a severe motor accident or workplace injury.
These real-life stories of resilience, recovery, personal growth and new beginnings provide insight into life after a severe injury.
In this edition, we hear from Brigitte, who was a busy corporate psychologist and mum of three when she nearly lost her life in a car accident. She now channels the same strength that got her through months of rehab into enjoying a slower pace of life and focusing on her creative passion of working with ceramics.
We also hear from:
- Doug and his wife Helen; Doug was hit by a car while out walking, and the resulting brain injury has meant big changes for both of them. Music has been a big part of Doug’s life. In his 20s he learnt to sing professionally and is now looking forward to performing again.
- Bill was in his final year of school when an accident on his motorbike left him with a severe brain injury. Through volunteering, he has developed good social interaction and work experience. Bill and some of his new friends have formed a Facebook group called ABIG or Australian Brain Injury Group for others with a brain injury to share ideas, socialise and offer support.
- Kim, who sustained a traumatic brain injury following a fall in the workplace, writes her own story describing her life as an evolving chaos. She describes relearning to think and what normal has become for her.
- Tom, who is living with the ongoing effects of his brain injury following a head-on car accident. Tom is passionate about hospitality and was awarded a scholarship by TAFE to use in further study or training. He is studying to become a sommelier.
- Stuart was an active cyclist before an accident left him with a spinal cord injury. His accident has changed his perspective on what is important in life.
- ‘The Fab Four’ including Tristan, Hemu, Jon and Bill who share their stories about living with a brain injury during a panel event for Brain Injury Awareness Week.