2015 UKABIF Conference

Hi peeps,

I’ve had a pretty mental week. Supremely re/ a-warding though…(certainly not relating to the calibre of my jokes!)

On Wednesday, 11 November I went to the 2015 UKABIF conference in London. I thought it was just to say a few words about why I’d chosen to raise money for this awesome charity and be presented with a thank you type award.

I got up on the stage expecting this to happen.

It did not.

Pre-speech

The speaker announcing the awards started describing little old me. And then announced toΒ everybody, including me, that I had won the ‘Stephen McAleese award for inspiration by an individual in the field of ABI’!!

Have a look at this link to see just how amazing this man was and hopefully you will see why this is such an honour:

http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/recognition-for-late-cumbrian-man-who-inspired-others-1.902917

 

 

Award presented by John and Susan McAleese, Stephen's parents

Award presented by John and Susan McAleese, Stephen’s parents

Suddenly, the thank you that I had written didn’t seem too much anymore. If anything, it seemed way too little! Here are the few words that I said (still in a state of shock I might add):

” Hello.

I’ve been asked to say a few words about why I chose to raise money for UKABIF. Let me start by introducing myself:

My name is Nick Verron. On July 4, 2009 I was attacked resulting in a TBI. I was stabbed through my left temple with a 10 inch screwdriver, so deep and with so much force that the handle smashed my skull leaving fragments strewn in my brain. This resulted in a subarachnoid haemorrhage and left me in a coma withΒ a GCS of 3. I was expected to become a persistent vegetable. I’m told that the best I could hope for was to wake up and have the mentality of a happy 2 year old. When I woke up after a month with normal cognitive function, the medical profession was shocked. I understand that there is a short window where rehabilitation is most effective as the brain is plastic. However, for me there was no rush? Apparently this is quite commonplace. We need to be making sure that this window is fully utilised.

The term “traumatic brain injury” has two meanings for me. The period after my injury was the epitome of traumatic. I don’t want people to have to feel the way that I did, to have to fight against parts of the medical profession at every turn to fight for a recovery they are not supposed to have. There is so much out there which could help brain injury sufferers. But even if there were a cure for world hunger, it would be useless if we didn’t know where to find it! There needs to be fundamental change in how neurological injuries are treated, from start to finish.
UKABIF are in the corner fighting for all brain injury, DEDICATED to bringing about that change. They stand to drastically improve the quality of life of so many.

I chose to raise money for UKABIF because if I were to start my own charity, it would look like UKABIF.”

When I’d finished, the applause seemed massive. I just thought to myself, “did you EVER expect to feel this, a lecture theatre filled with 100’s of professionals, clapping after you just stood up to give a speech?”. It wasn’t long ago I couldn’t even sit up; not long before that I couldn’t even talk! I think the biggest achievement of the day was not bursting out into tears of happiness.

Nick speaking

Belief in myself, against all odds, had paid off.

 

“Never let life impede on your ability to manifest your dreams. Dig deeper into your dreams and deeper into yourself and believe that anything is possible, and make it happen.” – Corin Nemec

About Nick Verron

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Posted on November 13, 2015, in My blog and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 69 Comments.

  1. Many, many congratulations on receiving this reward. It is truly well-deserved.

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  2. Congratulations on the award, Nick!

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  3. Reblogged this on Daily Echo and commented:
    It’s not as if I could possibly resist reblogging THIS πŸ˜€

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  4. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Nick is a remarkable young man I’ve known about for some time.
    He recently completed two gruelling Paralympic level events.
    Now he’s started his own blog which I’m following with interest.
    His equally remarkable (and bursting with pride) mother is Author Sue Vincent.

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  5. I agree, Nick. As far as I am concerned, you are beyond inspirational. I am in awe of what you have achieved.

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  6. Congratulations on your achievements, and on a well-deserved award πŸ™‚

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  7. Splendid, splendid. And richly deserved.

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  8. Congratulations, Nick. Very well deserved – and I’m not as biased as your Mum πŸ™‚

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  9. Congratulations, Nick. Well-earned award, to be sure!
    I agree with you about doctors being so rigid in their thinking that they are not able to wrap their minds around ‘possibility thinking,’ and end up deterring their patients progress. I heard once that ‘doctors are trained, not educated.’ The mind’s belief system plays a huge role in healing and medical staff are only just beginning to look at it as a tool. You are perfect example of how possibility thinking works!

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    • I agree with you Eliza. However, the top level professionals that I heard talking are the exact opposite of this rigidity. I have nothing but respect for them, they want things changed just as much as you or I. It’s the processes which are set in their ways and people mindlessly following them

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  10. Many congratulations, Nick. I’ve been reading about you on your mum’s blog. You are inspirational.

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  11. Congratulations, Nick! Your achievements are an inspiration to all. Chryssa

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  12. Nick you are simply extra terrestrial, God and the Universe bless you and grant you Grace for ever.

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  13. Congratulations Nick, You truly are an inspiration, and this award is so very well-deserved,

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  14. Reblogged this on Everybody Means Something and commented:
    I wanted to share this because I have been following Nick’s inspiring journey on his mother’s blog (see http://scvincent.com) but never thought I would see the day when he would be telling it himself. Together their determination and refusal to be defeated is an example for us all whatever our challenges might be.

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  15. Congratulations Nick, I know you have inspired me.

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  16. Wow, heart-felt congratulations to you, Nick! This is awesome, and I mean that in the original sense of the word. The world needs you, and your message. Keep shining!

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  17. I’ve never met you, but living vicariously through your mother’s posts I feel I know you and just want to say how proud I am of you. πŸ™‚

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  18. Well done, and well deserved! Congratulations Nick, you are achieving miracles. This award will help you to spread your inspirational message of hope and determination even further. Enjoy that feeling, you have more than earned it. 😊

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  19. Reblogged this on THE PEN AND THE PAGE and commented:
    More inspiration, and a well deserved award, from the Miracle that is…Nick Verron

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  20. Congratulations Nick – well deserved πŸ™‚

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  21. Excellent!

    Nicely done Nick, and a well deserved reward. I truly wish you well in all you do.

    You are, without doubt, the personification of the phrase “Never Give Up!”

    Keep Smiling 😊

    Darren.

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  22. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    A terrrific moment for a very courageous and stubborn young man who does not take NO for an answer – Nick Verron son of another friend who does not take NO for an answer Sue Vincent​

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  23. Nick…you are the picture of AWESOME! Congratulations and never, ever give up!! We are all so proud of you and love you. I say, a book is in order now πŸ™‚ Good job…so proud of you!!

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  24. I came here on another blogger’s recommendation – and I congratulate you on the award, but most of all for what you have achieved. I haven’t read your mother’s blog, but I have read this post. You are an incredible person, a witness and a helper. Keep doing good!

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  25. Congratulations, Nick. I know this is only the beginning and you’ll achieve much more, not only for yourself but for so many others. β™₯

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  26. Many congratulations on your award, Nick. You most certainly are an inspirational person and you deserved that award without a shadow of a doubt. Not only are we really proud of you but so is the world.

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  27. Such an amazing Award and remarkable speech… Many congratulations you are most deserving of this award..
    Love and Blessings Sue

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  28. Bravo. Bravo and congratulations for the award. Bravo again for your speech and for your persistence and huge achievement to stand up before this crowd as you presented your speech. ❀ ❀ ❀

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  29. Congratulations, NIck, and I’m honored you’re following my blog!

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  30. Yay, congratulations, and yes, thank you for the follow, Nick πŸ™‚

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