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Preston resident raises awareness of brain injuries through new book

Posted on - 22nd May, 2022 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Health, People, Preston News, Proud Preston
A book launched on Action for Brain Injury week - Brain Injuries: Our Hidden Journeys'
A book launched on Action for Brain Injury week – Brain Injuries: Our Hidden Journeys

A Preston resident has published a new book providing insight into the real lives and journeys of acquired brain injury survivors.

Launched on Action for Brain Injury week, Brain Injuries: Our Hidden Journeys is by Nathan Shoesmith, an award-winning social entrepreneur and author of 2020 As It Happened.

The charitable book aims to raise public awareness of brain injuries as a hidden disability – while giving survivors a voice they may not have otherwise had.

As well as interviewing those impacted by brain injuries, Nathan, a 21-year-old student at Lancaster University, also sustained a brain injury himself in 2020 which inspired him to release a book to help others like him with a hidden disability and raise awareness on a topic that isn’t discussed enough amongst the general public.

Brain injuries, and particularly their impacts, are often misunderstood and can be invisible to the naked eye.

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Photo Credit: Rory Southworth. Nathan Shoesmith author of new book 'Brain Injuries: Our Hidden Journeys'
Photo Credit: Rory Southworth. Nathan Shoesmith author of new book ‘Brain Injuries: Our Hidden Journeys’

The book takes a look at some of the ways in which those that sustain brain injuries can be impacted, and focuses in on 15 individual stories – how their injuries happened, their effects and what has happened to their lives since.

Our Hidden Journeys also recognises the important and often challenging roles performed by carers and support organisation

Life with brain injury can be difficult and painful, though these stories also showcase journeys of massive strength, courage and hope.

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Announcing the book, Nathan said: “Brain injuries are often misunderstood so it is incredibly important to raise awareness about their impacts, especially because these are often hidden.

“By raising public understanding, together we can make a hugely positive impact to the lives of brain injury survivors, present and future.”

Tristan Heaword, a parent of an acquired brain injury survivor said the book is ‘a fascinating collection of insights from real people living with a hidden disability’.

To ensure all proceeds go to support causes that offer vital support to brain injury survivors, the book is exclusively available to purchase at Our Hidden Journeys.


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