Kenneth was in New Zealand when he was attacked by a gang who beat him up. He sustained a traumatic brain injury.
Kenneth was born in New Zealand. He moved to London in the 1980’s and later developed and ran his own clothing business, starting online and then opening a shop.
In 2007, he returned to New Zealand to visit his mum who had a heart attack. While he was there he was seriously assaulted by a gang and sustained a traumatic brain injury. He spent several days in a coma.
When he came round from the coma, he went into rehabilitation to help him overcome the difficulties he had following his injury. He had problems walking, balancing, talking and remembering, and experienced severe fatigue.
Kenneth was unable to return to work following his injury because he would be falling apar if he had to do a 40 – 60 hour week. He manages a three day week now as a volunteer gardener.
He thinks that being unable to go back to work is one of the factors that lead to social isolation problems for survivors of brain injury, because when you lose a job people don’t have the same reason to keep in contact with yo. He feels people have a natural fea of things they don’t know much about, like brain injury, and that survivors are stereotyped as ma or that they;ve got anger management issue.
Kenneth does not like socialising because it involves being in a room full of loads of peopl who are drinking and bumping into yo. He also finds being on the tube difficult because there’s too much movement, too much nois.
A psychologist once told Kenneth that living with brain injury is like a game of snakes and ladders. He thinks this is a good analogy and wants other survivors to know that there’s a lot of ladders there to climb up slowly, but be careful because if you push too hard, you;re going to come flying down one of the snakes He also said, You get used to it (brain injury) and things do improve ever so slowl.