I have spoken before about the impact the bleed on my brain has had on my left-hand side. Today, I wanted to share with you a personal milestone I achieved recently.
I have mentioned how the bleed occurred on the right side of my brain, which controls the left side of your body.
One of the results of this was leaving me with a slight limp, which I was self conscious about as it made me stand out from everyone else, and not in a good way.
Thankfully, after walking everywhere, and numerous trips to the gym - by myself may I add - the limp has reduced and I feel more comfortable with it. In terms of lasting effects of brain injuries, I have been incredibly lucky. I know that.
I'm not allowed to drive now so I walk everywhere, which makes me see the positives.
Not only does it give me exercise, but it also helps me claim back some of the confidence I feel I have lost because of my brain injury.
I struggle to keep up walking with people around me. Maybe it is the competitive part of my personality, which has nothing to do with my brain injury, but I can't help feeling I have fallen behind people in my life.
Friends, and work colleagues, have bought houses, got married and had children, plus others have moved ahead of me in their careers - not that it is a race.
So when I walk down the street and people all around me are overtaking me, I can't help seeing the symbolic significance.
The tide may be turning though; when I was walking to the shop the other day, not only did someone struggle to walk as quickly as me. But I actually managed to overtake someone in front of me.
I realise this is petty, but as I have said before, I am constantly trying to look for positives which I can take forward in the rest of my recovery.
I have been extremely lucky with my brain injury. There are many people I have met at Headway who have it worse than me.
Although the effects of my injury get me down sometimes, occasionally - yes occasionally - frustration gets the better of me and I have a good old childish strop.
Unfortunately Amy has to put up with these moments of frustration, which she does not deserve, as she does so much for me, and has given up so much for me.
When I have these moments of frustration, because I struggle to pick something up, or cannot tie shoelaces, I have to remind myself I am not doing it just for me, but for Amy too.
If you have read any of my blogs before, you will have heard me bang on about the fact brain injuries don't just affect one person, so I am extremely fortunate to still have her in my life. A fact I do not need much reminding of.
I do sometimes need to remind myself I am not running a solo race, I am part of a team.