I received my ABI in a car crash 5 years ago. After the initial care phase (18-24 months) I was lucky enough to be able attend some group sessions with other ABI survivors, organised by staff from the local NHS ABI Unit, to learn about adapting our lives to better cope with fatigue, memory, healthy living, etc. Apart from the new things we learned about ABI, many of the group members spoke about the value they got just from talking with other ABI survivors and their day to day experiences. I felt I was talking to people who really understood ABI related issues such as; feeling isolated, loss of confidence, low mood, exhausted for no apparent reason, easily confused, anxious, withdrawn, etc. After the meetings many of us reported feeling a lot better within ourselves and had a greater sense of well-being beyond the original purpose of the session.
Has anyone else had a similar experience after talking with a group of fellow ABI survivors?