1. Brain Injury: The Incident & immediate aftermath
2. Clinical advice & symptoms: Just wait it out
3. Abandonment & support
4. Returning to normal after brain injury: Life gets in the way
5. Seeking professional help: Hard truths to face
6. Finding a diagnostic pathway: Enter the specialists
7. Hospital appointments: You wait ages then five come along at once
8. Dizziness and related treatments: It’s all in your head
9. Returning to former activities: Get out, do more stuff!
10. Vocational Rehabilitation: Work, once more, with feeling
11. Results of the brain scans: A voicemail diagnosis
12. Therapeutic and diagnostic orders: Much therapy, very wow
13. If it’s Tuesday, this must be a migraine
14. Fatigue management in the wild: Harder, faster, stronger
2017 & 2018: Pacing
15. Into the third year of recovery: Wait, is this normal?
16. Brain injury survivor: Who am I now?
17. Finding happiness within limitations: Who will I be?
Epilogue - Me, but different
Pauline O’Connor grew up in New Zealand where she gained a degree in Viticulture and Winemaking. She emigrated to London where a football (soccer) tackle led to a bleed in her brain. Pauline began writing during her recovery and documents her experience here and on the website: www.pigpen.page
"Incredibly vivid... this book will be of great benefit to professionals, survivors and their families alike." — Dr Neil Parrett, MA (hons), DClinPsy, PgDip, CPsychol Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Neurorehabilitation)