Tracy and Lill

Hello my name is Tracy and I’m a volunteer at The Brain Charity. I volunteer as a library assistant and my main job is putting
together information packs that we send out to people. I also update files on the computer and scan books for the online
library. I sing with The Brain Charity choir and I enjoy it when we sing to the public at events. I like shopping, eating out
and listening to music, my favourite holiday is going to Blackpool with my mum.

I have a learning disability, asthma and non-epileptic seizures as well as Fibromyalgia which causes me constant pain, I’m also
my mum’s full time carer so life is very challenging. My complicated health worries have caused me mental health issues and I’ve
had depression for a number of years, which at times has left me feeling suicidal.

I’ve been coming to The Brain Charity for a long time and decided to become a volunteer 3 years ago after my mum developed
epilepsy and I became her carer. She uses a wheelchair which I have to push and she can’t leave the house by herself, so she
relies on me to look after her 24hrs a day. We thought it would do us good to get out more and it was easy to bring her with me
as the building is fully accessible and everyone always made her welcome. She liked it so much that she’s also become a volunteer
and we now work together in the library on a Thursday.

I really enjoy coming to the charity as it helps me forget about my problems and I feel I’m doing something useful to help
others; it’s also good for my mum to get out. My mum was very ill in hospital last year and the charity helped me through it all
so I didn’t feel like I had to deal with everything by myself; people are always there to listen and help you as best they can.

Away from The Brain Charity I’m involved with People First where I’m a member of the board. I take part in their healthy eating
road shows as, having lost 6 stone myself in the last year, I can tell everyone about my experiences and how healthy eating can
make a difference to your life. People First also helped me and my mum get rehoused to more suitable accommodation that’s all on
one level, which has made life a bit easier.

I think anyone with a neurological condition should come along to The Brain Charity and find out what’s available. It offers a
chance to meet people like yourself and start enjoying your life.