A Preston resident has published a new book giving insight into the real lives and journeys of acquired brain injury survivors.
Launched during Action for Brain Injury Week, Brain Injuries: Our Hidden Journeys is from Nathan Shoesmith, an award-winning social entrepreneur and author of 2020 As It Happened.
The charity book aims to raise awareness of brain damage as a hidden disability – while giving survivors a voice they might not otherwise have had.
As well as interviewing those affected by brain damage, Nathan, a 21-year-old student at Lancaster University, also suffered a brain injury himself in 2020, which inspired him to publish a book for helping others like him with a hidden disability and raising awareness on a subject that is not discussed enough in the general public.
Brain damage, and in particular its impact, is often poorly understood and may be invisible to the naked eye.
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The book looks at some of the ways people who sustain brain injuries can be affected and focuses on 15 individual stories – how their injuries happened, their effects and what has happened to their lives since.
Our Hidden Journeys also recognize the important and often difficult roles played by carers and the supporting organization
Life with a brain injury can be difficult and painful, although these stories also present journeys of massive strength, courage and hope.
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Announcing the book, Nathan said: “Brain damage is often misunderstood, so raising awareness of its impacts is extremely important, particularly because it is often hidden.
“By improving public understanding, together we can have a tremendously positive impact on the lives of brain injury survivors, present and future.”
Tristan Heaword, parent of an acquired brain injury survivor, said the book is “a fascinating collection of insights from real people living with hidden disabilities”.
To ensure that all proceeds will go to causes that provide vital support to brain injury survivors, the book is exclusively available for purchase on Our Hidden Journeys.
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