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Anne’s brain injury therapy

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I’m Anne Johnston and on 3rd March an accident turned my life upside down, leaving me with a brain injury. I was enjoying the snowy weather sledging with my family when I fell and landed on my head. After a couple of nights in hospital I was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome 5 days after the accident.

Most people recover from PCS symptoms within 3-4 months, for some people it’s a year or longer (or never for a small minority) but there is no way to predict how long recovery will take.

Since the accident I’ve had to put my life and business on hold and I’m appealing for your help to fund therapy that I believe could help my recovery. I’m self-employed and run a small photography business where I teach photography for beginners. Due to my injury I can’t support myself and am relying on benefits for day-to-day expenses.

Retired Navy SEALs discovered by accident that floatation tanks help people recover from PCS. In a floatation tank your brain is put into a state of sensory-deprivation allowing your brain to relax at a deep level so that it can repair. It’s been recommended to me that I start with 3 sessions a week for 2 weeks. I’ve been in touch with a company in Portobello, Scotland and need help to fund the treatment and transport from my home in Forfar.

When I got my diagnosis I was convinced I’d be back to normal in 2 weeks. I didn’t realise how serious and debilitating living with PCS is and my previous thoughts that concussion gave you headaches and dizziness is just the tip of the iceberg.

Every day I know that I can handle one thing, whether it’s a wee walk to the park or having a visitor or going to a medical appointment before my brain tells me it’s time to stop, my body slows down and my symptoms get worse.

I struggle with fatigue, headaches, short-term memory, balance, concentration and slow speech. I’m sensitive to noise, light and smells and my spatial awareness has also been affected. I’ve gone from being able to do advanced level Sudoku to not being able to understand the easy ones and I sometimes can’t grasp conversation. My long-term memory and techy skills are still there but my brain is slow at accessing the information.

Please help fund my therapy and share this with your friends so that I can find my sparkle again and look forward to a life doing all the things that I love.

Thanks so much,

AJ x

#findingmysparkle #postconcussionsyndrome
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Over the past month my sleeping habits have gone backwards as I have only been able to go for one float. I’m so grateful to you all for your support. If you’re able to spread the message so I can continue going I’d really appreciate it. It’s the one thing that gives me proper deep sleep which my brain needs during my recovery.

While my recovery has plateaued recently I’m so hopeful of making more improvements soon. I was at the Brain Injury Clinic yesterday and I’m being referred for specialist help. You can read the full update on my blog: https://findingmysparkle.co.uk/next-chapter-recovery/

As always, thanks so much for your support. It means the world to me!

AJ x
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Look at my big smilie face after I come out of float therapy

I don’t like to ask for help but I really need your help so I can keep having more sessions.

At the moment I’m still waiting to be seen at the Brain Injury Clinic and floating is the one thing that gives me relief from my pain, helps give me back some energy and also helps regulate my sleeping patterns which is crucial for my brain recovering.

I’ve been going regularly for a couple of months but without your help I won’t be able to carry on. I have a friend that travels from other side of Scotland to take me but if anyone locally can help out with transport I’d really appreciate it.

Thanks so much as always
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Thank you all for your continued support.

I’ve been referred to a specialist as walking is still an issue for me with my balance and coordination. My symptoms are gradually getting better but it’s a slow process and I’m so grateful to be able to go to float therapy as it gives me relief from the pain and helps me have good sleeps which is crucial for my brain healing.

I’ve also been looking into nutrition to help my brain heal and started this week eating foods to help my recovery.

I’ve recommended float therapy to my fellow Post Concussion Syndrome warriors all over the world and it’s helping relieve their symptoms too which is amazing.

Please keep spreading the word with anyone you think can help so I can carry on with my float therapy.

Much love,

AJ x
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I have some big news this week that’s making me feel really positive about my recovery.

I’d love to be able to keep going to my floatation tank therapy as it’s the only thing that makes me feel normal for a while and gives me relief from the pain. I’d be so grateful if you can share this update with anyone you think would like to donate.

Here’s a video with my latest update.

Much love,

AJ
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