Meningitis Now staff member Clara Wiggins

Rebuilding Futures Fund supports meningitis survivor Nicola

Clara Wiggins | 27th October 2019

A new life as a teaching assistant awaits Nicola Grant after an award from our Rebuilding Futures Fund has helped her buy a laptop, which she said would also build her esteem and self-worth

Meningitis survivor Nicola supported by Rebuilding Futures Fund

Things have been pretty tough for Nicola, from Barry in South Glamorgan, since she was diagnosed with meningitis back in 2007. At the time she was recovering from a brain tumour operation and ended up spending ten months in hospital. 

Recovery took a long time and after-effects from her meningitis and other conditions included things like chronic fatigue, headaches, short-term memory loss, dizzy spells and poor concentration – all factors that affected her ability to work. It has also left her relatively isolated at home.

So we were delighted to help her when she came to us for help replacing her old laptop with a newer model – one that, vitally, included voice recognition software.

“Psychologically and physically, the after-effects of meningitis have taken their toll, although I am blessed to be alive and fortunate to avoid further complications,” Nicola told us.

“I asked for a new laptop because this means I will be able to communicate verbally and through writing and social media every day."

One step at a time

Sadly Nicola has recently been diagnosed with throat cancer but she isn’t letting that get in the way of her dreams. “I am aiming to get back to work when I am recovered – but one step at a time,” she said. 

“I am really grateful to have the award for the new laptop, I have goals to continue working and without it I would be unable to communicate well with others, let alone prepare for educational activities."

“It means that I will be able to communicate each day. This also includes job applications and current training needs, as I am in college trying to train for new skills."

“It will mean that I can continue on the educational course that I have already started and wish to continue."

“And it will also boost my esteem and self-worth”. 

Meningitis Now’s Support Services Manager Cheryl Brown said it was always really rewarding to hear how even a relatively small pay-out could have such a big impact.

“It’s lovely to hear Nicola’s story and how being able to afford to buy a new laptop has made such a difference to her life,” she said. 

“We are always looking for ways like this that our Rebuilding Futures Fund can really help people living with the impact of meningitis, so please get in touch if you think you or someone you know may be eligible."

“Nicola’s grant was awarded under the Health and Wellbeing area of our Fund, but you can also apply under Opportunities, Bereavement, and Specialist Equipment.”

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