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Mark’s Story

Mark Mc Clure (29) suffered a hypoxic brain injury back in 2002. Mark explains how this happened and how life has changed from then…

At the time I suffered my brain injury I was pretty much a “Jack of all trades” and had worked in numerous jobs from being a butcher to a milkman and even a farmer! At the age of 14 or 15 I fell in with the wrong crowd and started using drugs and my school work fell apart. By the age of 18 I was using drugs regularly and after taking a cocktail of drugs I suffered a hypoxic brain injury and ended up in hospital for approximately 5 months.

As a result of my brain injury I had to learn how to walk and talk again as well as being left with tunnel vision and am thus now registered blind.

My short term memory has also been affected as well as my sleeping pattern which causes fatigue and changes my mood. Since coming to Brain Injury Matters my confidence and self-esteem has greatly increased and I get to spend time with like-minded people as making friends. Staff are very helpful and I feel comfortable in sharing any problems I have with them.

I have used what has happened to me in a positive manner by getting involved with the delivery of drugs awareness sessions at local schools to make them aware of dangers of taking drugs at a young age.