Providing practical and emotional
support for all people affected
by brain haemorrhage

      Arthur's Story


      I had a subarachnoid haemorrhage on the morning of Saturday 14th February 2009. That was the day my old life ended and my new life began. I don’t remember anything about my attack. I only remember going to bed on the Friday with a slight headache and basically waking up months after.
      Your road to recovery starts on the day of your attack. In my case this is very true, if my wife had not have been there to give me the kiss of life I honestly don’t think I would’ve been here to write my story.
      I hope that telling my story might in some way help fellow survivors of brain haemorrhage during their recovery.
      Having had my attack I was taken by ambulance to the Royal Hospital. Upon having a scan I was transferred under police escort to the Walton Neuro Centre for the first of four operations.

      Looking back, I thank my lucky stars that I lived in the Walton Centre’s catchment area because it’s a truly world class hospital with some of the best brain surgeons in their field, I owe them my life.
      I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to the staff at the Royal and Walton hospitals; not just the top people, but the nurses and ancillary staff, who I found to be very professional and dedicated.
      And to a no lesser extent my thanks go toTony Murphy (PALS manager) and the volunteers at the Brain Haemorrhage Support Group, who gave me great strength when I found out that most of them had suffered similar or even worse experiences than myself.
      To close my story I would like to be so bold as to offer some hints you might find helpful; always try to think positive and try not to be depressed. You can run for a bus, but don’t try to run a marathon.  Finally keep your water uptake up, it keeps your shunt working efficiently!

      Arthur Ball
      P.S If you broke your leg exercise helps to make it better. Think of your brain as being broken. To help it get better try some mental exercises, i.e. reading, cross words, quizzes and such.