Head or brain injuries have crept onto the agenda and into the public conscience more and more recently and seem to be more talked about now due to a spate of high-profile incidents.
The first one that comes to mind is television presenter and fellow former Frenchay Hospital patient, Richard Hammond, who was injured in the crash of a jet-powered car he was piloting while travelling at 288mph in 2006.
In February 2008 Hammond gave an interview to The Sunday Times in which he described the effects of his brain injuries and the progression of his recovery. He reported suffering loss of memory, depression and difficulties with emotional experiences, for which he was consulting a psychiatrist.
Double Olympic gold medalist rower James Cracknell, was hit from behind by a petrol tanker in 2010 during an attempt to cycle, row, run and swim from Los Angeles to New York within 18 days. He suffered an injury to the frontal lobes of his brain, which has left him with epilepsy and a changed personality, including a short temper, where he actually attacked and tried to strangle his wife, television presenter Beverley Turner.
More recently, the world’s interest has been drawn to seven-time Formula One world champion, Michael Schumacher, who fell and hit his head on a rock while skiing with his son in the French Alps on 29 December, 2013.
Unfortunately I am a member of this band of brothers, although my achievements do not even compare to these giants of sport and television.
Brain injuries are no longer some far off thing, they are actually quite common and can affect anyone, no matter who you are, as I have found out.
All brain injuries are different and there is still so much to find out about them that we, or doctors, do not know about them.
This is an annoying thing for me that no two people's injuries or recoveries are the same, you cannot look at someone else's story and compare it to your own.
So although there is some comfort knowing there are many brain injury survivors out there, it provides no knowledge about how your own recovery will go. Yes it feels better to be one of many, but offers no insight as to how long it will be before I am better and back to normal, or whatever normal may be.