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Q&A: George Mitchell

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Q&A: George Mitchell

Q&A: George Mitchell

You feel like you’ve lost part of who you are.

In May 2020, George Mitchell was involved in a road traffic collision while riding his motorcycle. He sustained numerous injuries including six fractures to his left leg, three broken ribs and most life-changing of all, a brain haemorrhage.

What makes you happy?

Spending time with the people I love, my family and friends, working out and listening to music.

Who in your life understands your brain injury the best?

I feel like all my family and friends understand in different ways, but my mum understands my injury more than anyone because she’s been through a similar experience. She previously had a stroke and although her brain injury was completely different to mine, there were a few similarities.

What is the most frustrating thing about your brain injury?

The thing I’ve found most frustrating is my memory, not remember things I’ve done and aspects of who I am - you feel like you’ve lost part of who you are.

How has Headway helped you?

Headway have helped my partner the most. Whilst I was in hospital she contacted the charity and they gave her lots of information and helped her understand the difficulties that I will face and have faced on a day to day basis. She encouraged me to contact the charity too.

What is your most treasured possession?

My most treasured possession is a St. Christopher necklace that my mother gave me. The symbol of the St. Christopher is to give you strength in times of weakness.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and why?

Although there are thousands of countries and beautiful places around the world, if I could go anywhere it would be West Wittering Beach. Although my memory isn’t what it used to be, I have only the fondest memories of that place.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

Not to take life for granted as it is very precious.

What has been the most positive aspect of your brain injury?

Although it has changed my life in a lot of ways that tire and frustrate me, it has made me a better and stronger person and has changed my outlook on life and how I live my life.

What advice would you give to fellow brain injury survivors?

Give it time, the first few months are difficult and there are times when you will feel like you don’t want to cope or go on with how things are, as time goes on it gets easier, be patient with yourself. Everyone deals with things differently so find what works best for you and your recovery.

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