A BORDERS grandmother who suffered a devastating brain injury during a car crash is urging other sufferers to get help.
Katrina Cameron was a fun-loving support worker before the accident in September, 2016.
Although her physical injuries quickly healed in the weeks after the collision, she was left with speech problems, short-term memory loss, persistent headaches and an over-riding sense of vulnerability.
It took Katrina several months of fighting with her local GP for a referral onto a neurologist.
And he immediately put her in touch with a support network which has turned her life around once more.
The 62-year-old from Eyemouth is sharing her story ahead of Brain Injury Awareness Week, which runs from Monday, May 20.
Katrina told us: “People thought there was nothing wrong with me because you can’t see a brain injury.
“I was having to tell people to talk slowly as I couldn’t follow what they were saying, I was forgetting things, had terrible sore heads and I just couldn’t face going outside.
“I lost a lot of friends after the accident and I just locked myself away.
“The doctor was telling me it was symptoms of whiplash and to take pain killers – we had to fight to get to see a neurologist.
“It was the neurologist who gave me the number for Momentum – if it hadn’t been for Momentum and Katy (Harkin) I wouldn’t be where I am today.
“I can go outside now and my speech is improving.”
Galashiels-based Momentum helps over 100 acquired-brain-injury sufferers, like Katrina, and their families from across the Scottish Borders.
Since 2002 professionals like Katy Harkin have been developing programmes to re-integrate their service users back into the community.
Katy told us: “Momentum offers one-one rehabilitation which includes cognitive strategies and emotional support.
“We also offer a range of support groups across the Borders so service users can meet others socially and get much needed peer support.