Road traffic accident: Christina

Christina Corp was 17 when she was involved in a horrific car accident which resulted in a brain injury.

The 28-year-old from Fareham tells us her story of how people wrongly treat her as incapable and of her joy at getting married.

Published: August 2015. Young person’s age at time of brain injury: 17 years. The driver of the car I was travelling in pulled out in front of a coach full of school kids. The driver of the car died. I was sitting behind her and was left in a 13 week coma. My parents were told to say goodbye. My mum was asked to remove infection control but she said no, thankfully. My family were told I would never walk or talk again; basically that I’d be a permanent vegetable. Looking back, I think my parents would have benefitted from hearing some success stories and some more possibilities.

A busy and fulfilling life following brain injury

I’ve done a lot since suffering my brain injury. I’ve just run 5k, I live alone in a bungalow, frequently horse ride, write poems and have singing lessons. And I have just got engaged! I have a neuropsychologist now which meets with me and my fiancé helping us to understand more about my problems. I do find people always treat me like I'm stupid. They speak to carers over me, treat me like I'm an incapable baby. I go to podiatry, have sports massages, do personal training and regularly horse ride. I get so annoyed with people thinking of me as dirt to stamp on, not capable of anything;ne Like a newborn, I mean yes, I couldn't walk or talk, but I can now. People don't realise just how capable I am. I have bad experiential memory. I know stuff I've done, facts, figures but can't remember doing it. I get over this and many of my problems by putting a positive on them. Bad memory - this means in my single days, more kisses! And I can "forget" friends birthdays "because of brain injury" but sometimes it will just be, forgetting to write it down.

A future of ability and joy

I want to have a happy married life, maybe do some paid work one day. My aim in life is to make others more aware of disability ABILITY! If I could give advice to any other young people who have suffered a brain injury I would say: believe in yourself! Never rule things out until you know they're not possible. Believe that things are possible, never lose hope.
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