Bio: September 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the day when I woke up with an agonising headache. It took over 2 months to diagnose Viral Encephalitis and years of trial and error to identify coping strategies that have enabled me to live with Acquired Brian Injury, the permanent consequence of my Encephalitis. This blog is my opportunity to share the tips and tricks that I had to learn for myself and that have helped me to handle the situation I found myself in. It would be nice to think that they may assist others who find themselves left to flounder too. I am not the illness. There is far more to me than that. What do I enjoy? History of Art and visiting galleries, the ballet and theatre, cooking - especially baking and drinking champagne and black coffee. The radio and iplayer are my great friends particularly as I can stop and replay over and over again until what I'm listening to as sunk in. I have a real weakness for radio 4 quizzes and comedy and can listen to them over and over again. Despite having appalling hand eye co-ordination I do enjoy watching sport. However taking exercise has to come lower down on my list of priorities than I would like. My intent though is to shove it up the list - honest!