“I still didn’t understand what had happened or where I was until I saw my mum and she explained everything.”
From the outside, Brock looks like any other 20 year old. It’s a weekday and he’s still wearing work gear from his shift as an apprentice plumber. He’s pretty happy to have recently moved into his own place in Pakenham.
“One of the hardest parts is when you wake up and it all sinks in,” he says.
“You start to feel like you can’t go out and ride bikes or do the things you used to do … you can’t do it again because if you hit your head you’re pretty stuffed.”
As I recovered from a concussion, all the activities I loved disappeared one by one
Sitting at the back of the bus reading The World Has Changed: Conversations with Alice Walker, I had no idea that my own world was about to change in significant ways. I saw nothing, it happened so quickly. Passengers informed me that my head hit hard against the exit barrier as the driver stopped suddenly to avert a collision with a truck. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
IT is little known that brain injury is one of the leading causes of disability in Australia, with one in 12 people living with acquired brain injuries.
Violence is one of the main causes of brain injury. While men dominate the statistics, accounting for 75 per cent of people diagnosed with a brain injury, many women also suffer brain injuries from family or domestic violence.
Their immediate concern is on the visible signs of the abuse and many do not realise that poor short-term memory, irritability or depression may be a sign of brain injury. CLICK HERE FOR WHAT HAPPENS NEXT