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?
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.