Karen Betts- My Story 

 

Karen Betts has written a book about her experience after her husband Aaron sustained a brain injury. 

 

Aaron collapsed in the shower in April 2009 and subsequently spent three weeks in a coma. Mrs Betts later found out he had sustained a brain injury, and Aaron had to learn to walk, talk, read and write again. 

 

As her role went from being a wife to a full time carer, Mrs Betts, who lives in Rushden, kept diaries of the experience. 

 

She decided to turn her writings into a book in a bid to raise public awareness. The book, Lost, has now been published. 

 

Mrs Betts said: "There are lots of books out there for survivors but there's nothing for the spouses. There is a sense of hopelessness. When someone reads the book and says 'I feel that too', you are not on your own. If it brings hope to just one person, I have achieved my goal."

 

Mrs Betts said she had also written the book to help Mr Betts understand what had happened to him, and as therapy for herself.

 

She said: “It only started out as diaries, but as it went on I thought, ‘I could write a book’, just to put my point of view across, and to say that it can happen to anyone at any time, no matter who you are.

 

Aaron got up for work as normal. I was going to go in earlier but something prevented me going in. He got in the shower and within two minutes I heard this horrendous noise coming from the bathroom. I later found out he'd had a bleed to the brain.”

 

Mr Betts now resides at Oakleaf Care, a brain injury rehabilitation unit in Hartwell. He was referred there in August 2009 and has improved to the point where he is now able to live in one of the community houses there.

 

 

 

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Positive Blue Badge changes ahead for those with hidden disabilities

The Blue Badge scheme is currently being reviewed and plans are afoot to extend the Badge to those with less visible disabilities, such as brain injury.

 

The changes are described as the biggest being made in the scheme in almost 50 years and it's hoped that they will offer a lifeline to people with hidden disabilities who suffer from travel difficulties.

 

Changes will come into force on 30th August 2019. 

 

For full details, please visit  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/review-of-blue-badge-fraud-as-scheme-is-extended-to-those-with-hidden-disabilities

 

FREE cinema tickets for companions of ABI survivors!

 

It's great to hear that brain injury survivors may be entitled to free cinema tickets for their companion, if they qualify for a CEA card - a national scheme developed by UK cinemas by the UK Cinema Association (UKCA).

The card entitles the ABI survivor to ONE free ticket for a friend/loved one/carer to join them at the cinema to provide required support. Participating local cinemas include Kettering's Odeon, Corby's Savoy and Northampton's Vue and Cineworld!

To be granted a CEA card, a person needs to be in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Attendance Allowance (AA), Personal Independent Payment (PIP), Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP) or hold Sight Impaired Registration.

You can apply online for your CEA card by visiting  www.ceacard.co.uk - you'll need proof of eligibility, a photo, and payment of £6.

 

 

Fancy a challenge? Why not try the Northampton Half Marathon for HEN?

 

If you want to fulfill a personal challenge but find the idea of the London Marathon a bit too daunting, why not consider running the Northampton Half Marathon for Headway East Northants?

 

The Half Marathon will be held on Sunday 29th September. We've teamed up with 'Go Beyond Sport' who are managing the event - it's free to register and your only commitment is to raise a minimum of £100 for us.

 

For further details, and to register, please visit  http://gobeyondsport.co.uk/Northampton_Half_Marathon_2019_Run_for_Free