Julie’s brain injury journey: From adversity to peace

Aug 19, 2019 | Blog Articles

In 1993, Julie was in-bound on an aircraft from Moscow to Heathrow Airport having worked a long 13-hour shift as a flight steward.

A persistent headache had become so intense she barely made the 30-kilometre car journey back to her house before collapsing in a heap. From that moment, Julie’s memory was lost.

Following a diagnosis of an Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM), an abnormal tangle of blood vessels connecting arteries and veins which disrupts normal blood flow and oxygen circulation, Julie required immediate surgery.

The AVM was operable but after 2 failed attempts to stop the bleeding, Julie was offered new and innovative stereotactic radiosurgery. This was successfully performed, and Julie was given a 2-year recovery time.

A daunting journey of angiograms, numerous CT scans and countless hospital visits followed along with self-care, natural therapy, meditation, trauma-informed yoga and immense gratitude.

Julie has survived and is determined to make the most of every single day. Her memory has not completely returned and while she has flashbacks from time to time Julie’s Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) has not stopped her in her tracks.

On the contrary, Julie’s life has become a different sort of journey, one that has led her past adversity and towards continued health and peace.

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