Hi, my name is Taylor.  I’m 20 years old and I have been involved with YMCA Heads Together/Heads Together for ABI since 2005.  I’ve had an acquired brain injury since 2003.  I was hit by a car while crossing a street and spent 2 months in hospital.  It has been 12 years and I am still dealing with the consequences.  I get tired easily, I find it hard to concentrate and I can be very emotional at times.  I was very lost after my car accident because I didn’t know anyone else with an ABI.  Then I found YMCA Heads Together camp.  I met others with an ABI, made friends, even fell in love!  I have been a volunteer on the ABI team sine 2013 and Camp has not only helped me through some of my darkest times, but has also brought me huge happiness and has helped me figure out what I want to do with my life: help others that have been in similar situations to me.  Living with an ABI can be difficult, but knowing you’re not alone makes it a better experience.

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This is my first ever post, anywhere!, and I am so excited to be seeing this organisation come to life. Back in 2002 when I was a young thing with no husband, children, or responsibilities, I couldn’t have imagined that this was possible. All I know is that this community has been the backbone of my adult life and I intend to keep being a part of it until I am much older and greyer than I am now. I dream about my grandkids being involved and I am so hopeful about what is possible if we keep building this community into the future. The people I have met and who are part of our Heads Together family are truly the most courageous, generous and inspiring people I have ever met and I think that there is such huge potential for this community to create positive change in the way our society views ABI and disability and by doing so create much better futures and possibilities for people with an ABI. So thanks to all of you out there who have been part of this exciting adventure and welcome to any new people who might want to join this amazing community I look forward to a future with an even bigger community. So stay connected and let us know what you think of our new website and how we can make it a really special online community space. xxx

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Amazing words of advice from one of our camp families. “Reach high, don’t give up and keep trying”. Chelsea and her mum tell her inspiring story of recovery after an accident at the age of 5 left her with a serious brain injury.

Chelsea’s achievements and the support of her incredible family help to inspire other victims of road trauma on the road to recovery. Go Chelsea!

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