Today's blog is from my uncle and the third in the series 'A Different View'. You can read Amy's here and my sister's here. I think it is so important to see brain injury through all eyes. Jim and his family are the perfect example of the support of the support. Not only have they been there for me they have helped my family help me and that is the power of love and family.
I’m Will’s uncle, Jim, and firstly I would like to add my gratitude to the person who found Will and contacted the emergency services, the medical staff at Bristol and Gloucester, those helping with his recuperation and anyone else who helped make the difference – Thank you, you did a good thing.
As you would expect, the initial reaction when we heard of Will’s injury was shock. We had always known him to be an athlete who competed well at several sports, so when his sister told us of the news that Saturday afternoon back in March, 2013, I can remember the first thing I said was “What do you need ?” A silly question; what was needed was the events of the previous few hours not to have occurred, obviously.
The following few weeks for us were about being there whenever we could and trying to lend a shoulder to lean on.
Since the early days, Will’s progress has been quite astonishing and each time we see him he seems much stronger and to be adapting to his situation. It’s been a hard slog for both him and Amy and like most of us, they will have had ups and downs – good days and bad days.
It surprised me when Will said in an earlier blog he never saw himself as the most confident person. He was confident enough to get talking to a beautiful girl, (yes Amy I mean you), in a Dublin Pub and go on to be a big part of her life. Since his injury, as we have seen, this has become stronger. We’ve also seen him perform what was most possibly the worst karaoke rendition of Don Maclean’s American Pie without any qualms at all, at his birthday party, if that doesn’t show confidence I don’t know what does, (‘Pricetag’ performed with Amy and her father, Steve, however, was a masterpiece).
Confidence is allied to courage and the fact Will is coming through his ordeal shows he doesn’t lack for courage.
If it is any help to him, someone who I love and respect once said someone told them if they ever doubted themselves, then just look at the people around them. On the evidence of the last year or so they were not wrong in Will’s case.
Will and Amy can have the confidence they have family and friends who love them and will always be there when they need them.
As for the future, none of us know what lies in wait. Will has had a setback, but I believe he will get over it, after all, he’s Will!
As for the person who I quoted a couple of lines ago, if you haven’t guessed already, it was actually Will on the occasion of his 21st birthday, in November 2003.
Thank you for reading.