Like many brain injury survivors, she seemed to really recognise achievement, and mentioned cooking as one activity she has done at Headway, which has helped.
This is another great thing about Headway, which I may have mentioned before with my reference to the film 'Karate Kid' when washing up - I genuinely believe all of the Headway activities are designed with an ulterior purpose - to aid your recovery some way.
Jackie mentions her discovery of knitting - which seems to be her new passion now - which ties in perfectly to how you feel you are a 'new me' following your brain injury.
She gave some great advice, and went into detail about how laid back she is now following her brain injury - which has been a huge positive.
She also spoke about what it is like to be a parent after a brain injury, which must be a difficult hurdle to overcome.
Finally, she retraced the steps of how she discovered Headway, which is of the utmost importance when you have suffered a brain injury, because of the amount of help they can give.
Jackie speaks with an honesty which is inspiring and is unafraid of saying what is on her mind. I for one, am so impressed by this attitude.
In the episode Jackie tells us it was two years after her brain injury until she found out about Headway and this makes me think how many people are yet to know the help Headway can provide. What if Jackie had managed to find Headway sooner? It would have saved months feeling like she had no options. It just reminds me again why we are doing this podcast.
Amy and my mum only found Headway through a random encounter with someone at a meditation session at the hospital. We were lucky, I was still in hospital and we found out about the amazing work just over the road. I hope someone somewhere finds out about Headway through listening to these amazing stories of hope and determination.