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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