PigPen.Page is a space for scribblings about my personal experiences with brain injuries & PKU and to document my forays into the world of writing.

I was diagnosed at birth with PKU or Phenylketonuria; a rare inherited metabolic disease. After decades of living with a medically prescribed diet I want to share some of the ups and downs of daily life. Hopefully this might help others living with a rare disease.

A love of football (soccer) ended in 2014 when a nasty tackle led to a bleed in my brain. This was truly a life changing injury which brought with it people and challenges I would never have otherwise met.

While I was born in the UK, my family moved down under when I was young and an idyllic upbringing in New Zealand followed. I gained a degree in Viticulture & Winemaking which led to series of jobs in vineyards and wineries in NZ and the US.

When I returned to the UK a career change was required and, after proving that selling wasn’t my thing, I stumbled into wine education. The brain injury intervened and the long recovery is still underway.

Want to know more?

Learn more about my Brain Injury here. Find out about PKU here. Or you can explore the tags on this website.

Twitter :

My personal account, including PKU, is @poconnor

I curate the @BrainWriters account which promotes the awareness of brain injury and looks at breaking into writing.


I have written about "Imbalance and dizziness after brain injury" for my local charity.

My articles on PKU have appeared on Nutricia's website and in some issues of NSPKU's News and Views magazine.