I don’t know about any of you but, I’ve got to be honest I’m really struggling with this lockdown number two.


From being discharged from rehab in around September 2011, right up to meeting my wife Yvette towards the end of 2013, I was a self made recluse. I wouldn’t really go anywhere aside from my weekly shopping trip to Leamington Spa. 


Hear I would go to exactly same shops, Status Menswear to buy a couple of tops and, HMV to buy 5 or 6 CD’s.


Of course I’d always go to Costa Coffee where I’d order exactly the same as I’d have in Warwick, an extra large Mocha with an extra espresso shot, a cheese and ham toasty and, a piece of carrot cake..

It was the spring of 2017 when I finally found the confidence to do something, other than vegetate in front of the television or, go to Costa coffee which, is somewhere that I used to frequent.


I used to go just about every single day for lunch, for roughly a year after being discharged from rehab, I’d order exactly the same thing on every visit.

 
I’d or should I say we’d, we’d being my support worker and I, I’d order an extra large mocha with an extra espresso shot, along with a cheese and ham toasty and, a piece of carrot cake, I’d also smoke 2 or 3 fags in the process.


Having been subjected to food in rehab for so long, going to Costa Coffee was like fine dining. 😂😂😂

For the majority of 2012, I’d try and go to Costa Coffee in Warwick every single day.


Yes it took that long, it took 7 years to realise and, to appreciate that being a disabled brain injury survivor, it doesn’t automatically end your life.


Yes it dramatically changes what direction your life is heading but, it will only end your life if you let it.
I sincerely hope that nobody reading this blog has had or, will ever have a brain injury and, wind up being disabled. 


It really doesn’t matter who you are or, how successful you’ve been, having a brain injury is the biggest leveller imaginable.   


My only saving grace is, I’ve recovered such that I’m now public speaking to the masses and, I’ve been able to return to cycling, both activities the majority of able bodied people can’t do.