Trauma Survivor: Evi's Story

Three years ago, Evi was in a car accident that left her with serious nerve injuries to her arm and legs, and multiple fractures to her pelvis and legs. 

She is supporting our Trauma Appeal, shining a spotlight on the challenges that trauma survivors face during their recovery. 

Evi says: "For me, the hardest thing was accepting that it's a long term thing. Recovery is going to take so much longer than you would ever think."

"And going home after hospital - that was really scary. All the medical professionals celebrate the day you go home because it means you're well enough, you've hit a milestone, and you don't want to let them down. But I didn't feel safe or ready to leave, I was worried if I fell or if something hurt. A lot of other trauma survivors have said the same." 

"The first few months at home were awful, I was depressed and I felt really isolated."

“I was just so tired and all I wanted to do was sleep forever so the excruciating pain would end. I was so low that I’d lined up lots of my pills, ready to end it all for that long sleep. But, just at that moment, my twin sister called. I answered and I couldn’t stop crying. She realised how low I was."

Recognising that she needed more support, Evi begged her doctors at St George's Hospital to let her fly to the Czech Republic to spend time with her family. 

Three years on, Evi's now been able to return to work as a nanny part time and she’s also begun work as a training associate at Bridges Self-Management organisation and has created her own trauma survivors group Power Through Trauma.

Evi is now an advocate for better trauma aftercare in the UK and has helped to develop the new After Trauma app from the Centre for Trauma Sciences. She says: “I was very excited when I first heard about the After Trauma app. If I had the app available at the day of my injury it would have been a really great help for me. I had no idea what was coming, what to prepare for, who to speak to. "

"If I’d had the chance to speak to someone who’s been through a similar thing and they’d told me “don’t worry, it will get better”, then I would have believed them immediately. I didn’t meet anyone like that until way into my recovery."

"I could have put my medication on it, written things down – it’s easy to forget – but mainly, I could have got in touch with other survivors very quickly. It would have changed a lot for me."

Evi kindly shared her story in the Sunday Mirror in support of our trauma appeal. Read the article on the Sunday Mirror website here

Evi's story in the Sunday Mirror

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