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Linda’s Journey

By July 26, 2017 No Comments

Linda Brennan has been an employee of Revenue Commissioners regional office in Blackpool, Cork. since 1992. Linda is a trained telephonist who has been blind since birth.

Linda suffered a stroke in August 2013. Following treatment in Cork University Hospital, Linda was referred to the Headway service in Cork. Headway’s social worker worked with Linda and her family throughout her recovery. Linda also accessed the psychology service which provided her with support in adjusting to her brain injury and preparing for a return to work.  Finally, she also engaged with Headway’s supported employment service to support her in her goal of returning to her job.

In preparation for her return to work, her employer and Headway’s vocational officer both encouraged Linda to visit her workplace and meet up with her work colleagues, where she was made very welcome. In consultation with Linda, Headway liaised with her employer as well as a representative from the Employee Support Service. A return to work interview was arranged and the outcome of this was an agreed schedule for Linda to return to work on a phased basis.

Suffering a stroke was a traumatic experience for Linda. She faced many challenges in her recovery. Her life as she knew it changed overnight and her journey of rehabilitation has now culminated in her successful return to work. The support of her employer in engaging with Headway and accommodating a phased return to work was instrumental in this. Linda is very grateful for all the support she received from her employer as well as that of her family and friends. She says that ‘’Headway services helped me to set personal goals, build confidence and ultimately return to work’’

Linda is pictured here with her guide dog Orna. Orna has recently retired and Linda is currently in currently in residential training with her new dog Vito with the Irish Guide Dogs for the blind in Carrigrihane.

We wish Linda and Vito all the very best in their working partnership!

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