I thought I was getting my life sorted 3+ yrs on from Aneurysm, brain Haemorrhage, short lived coma, 3 house moves, driving and still Independant! My mind was still intact - even if brain wasn't quite! Most effects seem to have been physical as in balance, vision, hearing, numbness in 1 finger onlŷ. In fact the first 12 months seemed a doddle, 2nd yr my French language improved enourmouslŷ, I fitted in to this community almost as well as the one I'd left after 45 yr marriage split and BI.
That was then - this is now and sooooo much water has passed under the bridge since,
Proven health research that my doctor and 2 Consultants here ignore, all I need are the correct blood tests which will confirm. I paid 4 one done privatelŷ, confirms I am TB autoimmune. Also Hashimoto's (Thyroid) is an autoimmune condition. Bad current housing conditions, poor appetite- cooking facilities won't work properly. No transport, public or private. Yes that river runs long and fast under the bridge.
None of above mattered, I was coping alone, managed to get Frenchstate Social help here to an extent. Still no medical practical help though, cos I refused to keep taking wrong meds (checked out on drugs.com). I felt better off the meds than on them.
Then 23/6/2015 arrived - even worse 24/6 - result BREXIT! Noŵ if you live in the UK it may or may not affect you - it seems it's going to one way or another - it's Definitelŷ going to affect me because I'm an expat!
let me Explain! I'm not a European Citizen now, I'm a born and bred United Kingdom patriotic one, I'm an "immigrant" who had lived in France since 2008, using their facilities and resources. I reached my retirement age of 60, while still living in the UK, so yes all taxes and NI Conts were worked for and paid up there!
I haven't taken French dual Nationality here, I didint want to, it also takes up to 5 yrs apparently. I'm now totally dependant, except for my UK State Pension, on the French systems, thanks to what they call the Bi-lateral Agreements. I've already lost the WFA, my pension increases will now be frozen after last one received in April this year.
So has 23/6 changed my life! You bet it has!
Health and Stress know no borders - but Politics do! I'd be treated as an immigrant, even if I had somewhere in UK to return to, to get better medical recognition and treatment.
Those of you still in the UK, have no idea of the emotional/neural/mental effects on retired UK expats with related health problems, of just hearing the result of the Referendum on 24th June 2016. We have NO information coming from our EU countries of residence leaders, as to our potential status where we now live.
But then the Governments don't care either - it's all about Political Solutions and grand Gestures!
I'm sorry, my Headway friends, to have offloaded like this on here, but I DO know you will understand better than my thyroid, or other communities, what effects extra STRESS has on those ŵith Brain Injuries, because the prospect of being stateless is not appealing! V