“I was an ordinary person journeying through life when my life was smashed in to pieces. 
“I was involved in a road traffic accident which was fatal for my beautiful, perfect daughter Natasha at the age of 13 years.
“I was critical and was flown to hospital in an air ambulance clinging to life. I have no memory of the accident or the period of time I spent in hospital. When my brain began to wake up my life had totally changed.”
One of the ways Shelley has portrayed her brain injury journey is by expressing it through art – to show that life can still be bright after brain injury.

“For me life after brain injury has meant never giving in, grabbing every opportunity with both hands and working towards making more people aware of brain injury and that although I appear different, I am still a person with feelings, emotions and love and I have talents to share with others.
“I have learned to deal with things differently and have also learned about others from their responses to the changes in me. I wish people would show more compassion and care for everyone. This is the message I want people to hear.”
Shelley was unable to walk initially and had had multiple issues to deal with in terms of her memory, co-ordination, mental processing, fine motor skills, feeding and dressing herself and communication. She feels that she has come a long way in her recovery but the issues remain.

Shelley was supported by many medical and other professionals in the early stages of her recovery. She was referred initially to Headway Black Country’s Outreach Service in 2014. Once Shelley was well enough, she started to attend two life skills activity sessions each week at Headway Black Country’s Willenhall centre.
Shelley said: “I feel like I am blessed with my Headway Angels. They have helped and supported me in every way and developed my skills, lifted my spirits, inspired and encouraged me to realise that life can still be worth living.”
Headway Black Country supports adults affected by acquired brain injury and stroke and those who care for them. It offers a range of services including cognitive and life skills activity sessions, emotional support, information and advice.