Shine Magazine Summer 2021

Welcome to our latest edition of Shine Magazine.

Lifetime Care participant Doug with his wife Helen.

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.

Read the Summer 2021 digital edition

Do you have a story to share?

If you are a Lifetime Care or Workers Care participant, or a family member or carer and are interested in sharing your story, please call 1300 738 586 or email shine@icare.nsw.gov.au.