Lancaster support group helps Silverdale woman regain her confidence

Leanne Walker, (second row right) with The Headway team with 3-1-5 staff in Lancaster.
Leanne Walker, (second row right) with The Headway team with 3-1-5 staff in Lancaster.

Headway Lancaster and Morecambe support group have helped many people to come to terms with their brain injuries.

Leanne Walker, 34, from Silverdale, is one of those members who benefits from meeting people with similar experiences.

While at Lancaster University, Leanne became ill and was sent home after a cold sore became a much more painful and serious condition.

In December 2000 when Leanne was 20 years-old she was diagnosed with a rare form of meningitis.

Leanne said: “I came back home, I felt as though I had a bit of a cold. It started off in the form of a cold sore but it shot up into the brain.

“I suffered with memory loss, I didn’t know who I was, it sort of 
happened overnight really.”

Because Leanne’s condition is so rare doctors told her there wasn’t much they could do.

She received oxygen treatment from the Breath for Life team in Middleton which helped Leanne regain her confidence to join the Headway team.

Leanne now relies on omega oil tablets and the support from her mum, Sue Walker.

She said: “I can’t go anywhere by myself I need mum to be with me.

“She is my best friend she supports me all the way.

“It is nice to be able to meet up with people 
who have similar experiences, training for the triathlon has brought us all together.”