About Today’s Guest – Lauren Spear
Lauren Spear worked as a special education teacher in South Australia, when she was involved in a work place accident in 2018, whilst helping one of her struggling students off a piece of playground equipment.
For the last 2 and a half years she has been living with and working hard in her rehabilitation and recovery from a brain injury, supporting and advocating for the wider concussion and brain injury community along the way.
In 2019, she decided to begin her personal blog and organization called The Orange Butterfly, reminding all to embrace new life and challenges with hope, and dedicating herself to closing the often misunderstood gap between the brain injury community and the wider community by spreading education and awareness.
About Your Host – Chloe Luckett
Although every guest I speak with on the podcast is unique, everyone has their own story, and no two brain injuries are alike, I can relate.
In 2016 I sustained a traumatic brain injury and a broken neck while cycling in Halifax. I spent a month in the hospital, a month in rehab, and then moved home with my parents for the next four months. Nothing has quite been the same since. Whether it’s quickly cycling through a whole range of emotions or none at all, to imagining parties outside my room in the hospital, it feels like there’s always something I can connect to with a guest. Yet I continue to be surprised and inspired by the survivors I meet and am looking forward to hearing their stories.
Every day with a brain injury can look or feel different, but I think it’s important to look for the humour in all of it. Because if we can’t laugh at our beautiful broken brains, then what can we do?