I just returned from our monthly Phoenix Support Group meeting and felt compelled to write about the movie we watched called Living with a Broken Brain. It is a Documentary in which actress Maryam d’Abo (you may remember her as one of James Bond’s 007 Girls), who suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2007, guides you through her personal journey of recovery and meets other survivors of brain injuries.
“I had struggled to describe to my husband and family how I had felt after my stroke which made it difficult for them to understand and relate to how I was feeling and the emotions I was going through. They say that only those that experience similar situations can really relate so it was like a breath of fresh air to watch this film and find not just one but a number of people that had felt the same as I had done. At the time you feel you are in a cage, clawing at the sides to get out and screaming inside in silence because you can’t find the words,” says D’Abo in the film.
I recommend families of all stroke, aneurysm and AVM victims spend one hour watching this incredible profound story. Finally finding the words to describe something you have felt and then knowing you are not alone in feeling it is incredibly empowering.