I had plans tonight… work to do, jobs and people to catch up with… then the phone rang and I have done little since… my son had a lot to say.
Nick made the news section of the website UKABIF, the brain injury charity for which he is raising funds by riding in the Para-Tri triathlon.
I wouldn’t have known, but I wanted to share a link to their website as they had a documentary embedded there, ‘Me and my new brain’, from the BBC. It is available for another two weeks on BBC iPlayer, by clicking the highlighted link.
Nick had watched it and it had moved him deeply as he recognised so much of the young woman’s journey. In particular, he told me of a moment when she had been asked what, after brain injury, she finds awkward. “Everything,” she had said… and listening to Nick talk, I, who probably know more of his day to day challenges than anyone other than Nick himself, finally got a glimpse of just how vast ‘everything’ can be.
The programme opened doors for him, allowing him to examine some of the hidden injuries, the invisible damage caused by brain injury… things he had hitherto prefered not to look at too closely. I won’t go into detail… I’ll leave that to Nick who is putting some of his thoughts on paper. I, after all, can only write of what I myself see and feel. I cannot write what is in my son’s head and heart.
Much I could write… we talk a lot, spending hours on the phone, as well as what is shared every day in person. The past few days, however, have been punctuated by exclamations of ‘amazing!’ and ‘awesome’ as he has watched, read and been deeply moved by the phenomenal support of the blogging community. The ‘WordPress Family’ really has lived up to that name this week and the effect on my son has been amazing to see.
Nick has always said that if he could help just one person, it would all be worthwhile. I know that his story, thanks to you, has touched many lives.
As I write, over £1200 has been raised to support Nick’s chosen charity and his main aim, to raise awareness of the effects of brain injury, has exceeded his wildest expectations. Nick says, “I am simply lost for words, I am so touched that everybody cares so much. It really does mean the world to me. Thank you.”
I have run out of words to say, ‘thank you’…. so I’ll keep it simple.
Thank you… for every pound, every dollar, every tweet, reblog and share. I cannot tell you how much difference you have made to my son as we approach the triathlon on Sunday!
Click here to visit Nick’s Campaign… and please support him by sharing or donating if you can. Thank you!