Hi from a long lost Broken Doll

Good morning,

It’s nice to see a few familiar “faces” around these parts! For those that don’t remember me, or didn’t visit H.U 2.5 - 3 years ago I used to be a regular here.

I’ll never forget how much you helped me back then when I had not long sustained my brain injury and had very little in terms of support (both medically and personally).

I have come a long way since then and have made a number of positive changes including relocating to Bristol, meeting my partner Danny (we’ve been together 2 and a half years), having a thorough top to toe M.O.T & lots of rehab from one of the best areas in the UK.

Life is GOOD!

I hope to be more of a regular here again, it would be really nice to “pay it back” and maybe (or maybe not) have some words of wisdom for those in need.

Lots of Love

Emma

(Not so Broken Doll)

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Hi Emma aka not so broken doll!

Thank you for popping back on here to say hi and give us an update. It's so good to hear from you as I have wondered about you during your absence on here. That's brilliant news that you have been so helped to really move on with your life and that you are now in a good relationship. Am so pleased for you x

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Hi Caroline,

Great to hear from you! It’s nice to be back! It took me a while to settle and I still struggle with severe fatigue and once I’ve done my day to day things I struggle to type & word find (you know the score!)🙂

How are things with you? And how is your little boy?

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How lovely to hear of someone who's life is now back on track. Well done to you and wishes for many more years of happiness for you both.

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Thank you!

I am getting there! It’s a slow journey that is far from linear. It still shocks me when I get set backs, but just have to trust that they are “blips”.

Currently I am struggling with the “boom and bust” cycle.. I never seem to learn! I’ll have one really good day where I get lots done, am physically active & have socialised..

This leads to me being angry, agitated and physically ground down.

I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it someday though! ☺️

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Hi Emma,

Now how can I forget lady Emsworth :).

I’m really glad to hear you are doing a lot better and have more support now, way to go :). That’s what you call “grabbing life by the balls” :).

It would be good to see you on here again and I like the ‘nit so broken doll’.

Positivity is what we need :).

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I forgot to sign off with... “Roger and out, Eugene”

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Hi Matty,

Haha! Thank you! I am giving it a very good shot, that’s for sure! As I said in a reply above.. currently struggling with the whole “boom and bust” cycle.. been overdoing things & then paying for it!

Yey for positivity, definitely!

How are you doing Matt/Eugene? 😂

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I’m doing pretty good thanks.

One of the big problems I had/have is low confidence but Headway and some other charities have helped me out with that.

I think I told you before you wandered off that my Headway had helped me in traveling on my own. With the ability to do that now, I started traveling down the high street on my own and did a little shopping for myself. I later found out about a third charity called Square pegs and I add that to my adventures. I do some crafting while I am there which I wasn’t so big on before but have learnt a thing or two and am now doing a little more crafting at home. So that is another talent to add to my list :).

You may remember my artistic talent. Well now I have more confidence in getting around I am going to get my art displayed for the public to see at a library/café near me :). Only thing is though, it’ll be quite a wait until I do display though. I’ve got to wait until 2019!

I am a patient dude... at times :).

Eugene.

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Hi so glad life is better! we all deaserve it! wishing you everyting you want for the futre

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Hey Razy,

Thank you! Yes we definitely do after all we’ve been through! Aww wishing that for you too! ❤️

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Glad to hear life is on up, long may it continue, Bristol is a lovely area should get one fit with the hills!

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Hey Roger,

Thank you! Bristol is lovely, you are right! Haha! Yes.. the hills are something else! 😁

How are you doing?

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Not bad, gone back for Rehabilitation since my injury was fairly mild I shrugged it off and was sure everything was fine!

So 4 years almost to to day here we are, at Queen Mary’s what they actually do who knows!

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Oh my, what a coincidence ; last night I thought about you and the first thing I see on Headway today is 'Broken Doll'. 😲

So this is spooky.......... but really good to see you Emma ! I'm so happy to hear things have worked out so well m'dear. Look forward to hearing more.............

Lots of love Cat xx 🌼🍃

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Hey Cat,

Haha! That really is quite spooky! I’ve been meaning to come back here for a while but forgot my login details and then kept forgetting to check my emails for the reset link! 😂

So, me and Danny (dlloydy1973 on here) struck up a friendship here on Health Unlocked and very slowly it developed into something more. He used to get the train from Bristol to Guildford (Surrey) to come and visit me. Eventually Dan said I should go back to Bristol with him to visit and see what I thought of it & basically I never went back!

We share our lives with a Sphynx cat called Lari & Mavis the Border Terrier. 🐈 🐕❤️

I am still making progress with regards to my brain injury (albeit rather slow these days) and having been diagnosed with PTSD around a year ago, I am making progress with that too.

Still on the long road to acceptance of this “new me” and still struggle with the behavioural changes amongst other things but I am slowly adjusting!

How are you doing Cat?

❤️ x

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Yikes Emma ........... I'm so jealous about your Border terrier. Every time I see one I want to scoop it up & bring it home ; they're my favourite pooches ever.......... Mavis ?......... adorable ! And a Sphynx cat ; that's just cool.

How romantic that you and Dan found each other & bonded, and now you've a great little family ; I'm so happy for you.

Nothing much has changed for me. It'll be 6 years in December and I think I reached my equilibrium at around the 3 year point. But we continue learning extra coping strategies but still get it badly wrong sometimes. (I've fond memories of you, in your early days, escaping to the shops in your PJs ! )

It's just so lovely seeing you again after so long...............a very welcome blast from the past.

See you again soon........ xx 🐦 ✨

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Hi glad your doing well x

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Hi! 👋🏼

Thank you! x

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Hi Emma, so good to hear from you again and that you are doing so well.

Look forward to hearing more from you.

Janet xxxx

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Hi Janet,

Thank you, that’s really kind of you to say so!

How are you doing? xxx

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I am doing ok , still trying to combat the feeling of pressure in my head but acupuncture and Tai Chi assist with balanc problems.

I've just had a referral to ENT about my sinusitis and I'm back at the neurologist in a month for reassurance that we've covered all bases.

Take care

Janet x

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So pleased things are going well for you and that you are now a not so broken doll. :)

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Hello iforget,

Nice to see so many familiar “faces” (or names) on here! Thank you! 😊 How are you doing?

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Hi Emma. So pleased to see your name again and happier times. Kx

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Hi K,

Awww thank you! That’s so kind! Lovely to see your name too! Shows you how lovely this little community is.. that there are still people here from a few years back! ❤️ x

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Hi Emma, nice to see you back, even though our paths have crossed elsewhere :)

All the best

Andy

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Lovely to hear tremendous news

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Hi broken doll. Lovely to hear that you're OK and life is going so well for you. I just wanted to say that your posts were always very helpful to me and gave me a real insight into what my partner was going through. So thanks for that. I'm really grateful. All the best to you.

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