Carl was born in 1966 and lives very independently in supported housing in Pontllanfraith
What hapened to me
In 2004 Carl was on a night out when 3 men assaulted him with no provocation. He was in hospital and rehab for 4 months and then spent 5 years working with the Neuropsychiatry team in Whitchurch.
Impact on family
Tragic. It was particularly hard on my father.
Impact on self
It hits my self-esteem. I was in denial for 4 ½ years and I still have to have some help around the house. Because I have a weak left side, sometimes people think I’m drunk, especially when I’m tired and I get a lot of abuse in the street. I have taken to carrying a stick so people realise I have trouble walking and that I’m not drunk.
It has changed my outlook on life and my friends are really protective. My personality has also changed and I am trying to be a better person.
How Headway Cardiff has helped
Socialising with people in the same situation. I have learned to deal with situations, good and bad; about healthy eating and about how vulnerable I am and to be aware of risks. I have also begun volunteering at their new social group in Gwent, which I love.
What the future holds
I would like to learn to swim again and carry on volunteering in the Blackwood group.