January 5, 2020

Is there life after brain surgery?

Helen Butler

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PencilMy future is in my hands, 202021cmx26cm

This piece is based on my own personal journey. I had brain surgery to control my epilepsy in July 2018. It involved four years of testing and lots of research into other people’s experiences. I often dreamed of owning a crystal ball so I could envisage what life would be like after the surgery. This would have made the decision to go forward with surgery a lot easier. So many questions were left unanswered as I signed on the dotted line and entered the theatre. What if it went wrong? Would it change for the better or the worse? Would I be able to do my job? How would it affect everyone around me? Would I be seizure free? What would life be like in one year? I can safely say life has changed, for the better. I am still in work and I am 18 months seizure free. After the surgery I kept an art blog of my recovery and where I was emotionally. I have been using this to help other people going through the same journey. So, yes, there is life after brain surgery, you just have to live it.