Nick: A Personal Triumph over Brain Damage

He’s come back from so much
– proof that nothing is impossible with hard work
and a dream

a hand-crafted reblog adding to the What Kind of World Series
Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

Autonomy implies Independent motion

In 2009, the 25 year old son of one of the most positive lights in the blogging community, Sue Vincent, had his youthful potential cut short. He was stabbed through the brain with a screwdriver in an unprovoked attack and left for dead in an alley.  His prognosis was grim.

He was not expected to survive at all – and not expected to have much of a life worth living if he did.  They were told that if he woke, it would probably be to a vegetative state. At best, he might have the mind and abilities of a two-year-old. The damage was extensive and irreversible. He would need constant care for the rest of his life.

The triumph of will

Over the past couple of years, many in the blogging community already know he did survive, defying all the odds, fighting his way back to achieve wonderful things in spite of the physical challenges with which he lives still, wheelchair bound.

Sue’s article describes even more about his inspiring story, and links to posts about his courage in the face of subsequent challenges, as well as his incredible adventures since that day.

She blogs of the magic of May Day, his skydive… the London to Brighton cycle ride (raising funds for Headway, a charity supporting brain injury victims and their families) … and the Triathlon — all of which raised thousands of pounds for charity.

More than I would attempt, for SURE!

The London to Brighton cycle challenge was a ride of some 54 miles (87km).

It included the ascent of Ditchling Beacon, which climbs nearly 500 feet in less than a mile… all, according to Sue, carrying a bag that weighs as much as a small county on the back as well.

It was made possible with help — others who donated time and the strength of their own bodies to make sure the equipment that supported Nick’s goal was packed and transported so that Nick was able to start and complete the ride.

But Nick dreams of still MORE.

Autonomy enough to travel

Sue explains in her article that Nick’s dream of autonomy with travel is currently hampered by a plethora of problems accepted as “normal” with his current “trike” – in a manner that some angel on earth has found a way to overcome with the Mountain Trike, a cross between a mountain bike and a wheelchair.

More than the smooth terrain necessary for most wheelchairs, this trike can go off-road and up mountains. It can handle sandy beaches, ford streams and cope with muddy tracks and cobbles. It even has a luggage rack.

More important, it is a manual wheelchair with an innovative propulsion system that Nick can use, even with reduced mobility and struggles with coordinating both sides of his body.

It doesn’t need batteries, can be fixed by most bike shops in an emergency and, crucially, doesn’t need anyone to push it. He can go out into the wild places alone for the very first time in seven and a half years.

Source: Independent motion – can you help?

Meet Nick

A few of you may follow Nick’s blog and may already have read about his recent preparations for his biggest adventure yet — looking forward to accomplishing the impossible once again, proving that ‘impossible’ really isn’t, if you set your mind and heart to something.

If you are new to Nick’s story, I hope you will give yourself the gift of reading about it – and that you will take the time to watch the video he has included on THIS post – especially those of you who are close to giving in and giving up.

Don’t forget that you can always check out the sidebar
for a reminder of how links work on this site, they’re subtle ==>

How We Can ALL Be Part of Nick’s Dream

First and foremost, an early obstacle is financing: this new trike is expensive. Nick has been in the process of selling practically everything he owns to pay for it.

If you can help financially – even a little bit – Sue has set up a Go Fund Me page with more inspiring information and a way to donate toward the purchase of this newer technology.

It will change his experience of living as it returns the world to him.

You can visit the campaign page HERE and read the full story.

In the first three days the page raised £1,115 ($1,363.70)
toward his GOAL of £5,000 ($6,115.25). 

Help keep the dream alive with forward momentum until we read that the goal has been attained and Nick is blogging from the road.

(If you have any difficulty donating via the campaign page, please contact Sue at

Non-financial help to attract more financing

If you are struggling with finances yourself, you can still be a HUGE help to Nick by spreading the word in two important ways, neither of which take a great deal of time:

  1. Reblog this post (or Sue’s article – or both, a week or so apart, to keep it in the public eye.)  Add a link to any article you write that relates.
  2. Go to the funding page and click to share it on Facebook.
    That will not only get this campaign in front of others in your personal community, it will help this campaign maintain its “trending” status, which will allow it to be found more easily – upping the probability that he will reach his goal more quickly.

Support and encouragement

We can ALL add a bit of wind beneath Nick’s wings. NONE of us get enough support and encouragement.

  1. Jump over to follow Nick’s blog – I promise you will find it uplifting.
  2. Interact with him in the comments section of his article.
  3. Take a second to click “like” – even if you lack the time to read carefully or comment.

For those of you struggling with brain injuries yourselves

“Hope is the catalyst which allows you to turn a tiny spark of good,
into an inferno of awesome.”
~ Nick Verron

In case you are thinking that Nick is some miracle man made of different stuff than you and I, think again.  Take  a look at an article written earlier this year, Views from an Injured Brain, where he shares some of his more problematic thoughts and his reaction to the supposed “helping professionals” who were more than ready to give up on him.

As with everything on his blog, it is encouraging and uplifting – but it doesn’t shy away from exposing some of the emotional effects of trauma.  Give it a read.

Scroll DOWN for a few links to some other articles in the What Kind of World do YOU Want Series here on, and send me an SOS if you need a bit of coaching help with motivation or follow-through – regardless of the goal.

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There’s a lot to know, a lot here already, and a lot more to come – in this Series and in others.
Get it here while it’s still free for the taking.

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About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

12 Responses to Nick: A Personal Triumph over Brain Damage

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  3. Jeanie Smith says:

    After reading your blog and Nick’s views from an injured brain, I am once again reminded of the wonderful power of authenticity!

    Those whose blustery confidence seeks to hide their limitations and flaws and those who cannot see the beauty and blessings in the miracle of life itself and so find themselves mired in negativity both miss the big picture. Life is hard and life is good and life is about something much bigger than me.

    I love an authentic person who accepts the pain and difficulty in life with grace and chooses hope and gratitude as companions to walk through the challenges! It is not about doing it perfectly. It is about acceptance. It is about continuing to continue. It is about reaching out for help. It is about the dignity of each life!

    Thanks for posting this and thanks for being YOU! YOU are beautifully authentic!!!

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    • Stories like Nick’s are certainly inspiring and uplifting. I will be looking for a great many of these to keep my own spirits lifted after the changing of the guard. Hiding out for almost a week doesn’t seem to have done it so far (recent content auto-posted while I attempted to recenter).

      The latest trumpetings have only increased my terror — but I thank you for your encouragement and endorsement.


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  6. What an amazing man! Thanks for sharing

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    • I’m glad you saw this. It lifted my spirits and began to turn my mood around better than Prozak – lol. 🙂

      So many of us would have drowned in depression, and he came back stronger. From depths that deep.

      We overuse that “amazing” word, but in this case it’s one of the few that really fits. I hope he will be blogging his adventures SOON, continuing to inspire and amaze.

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  7. Sue Vincent says:

    Thank you so much for this xx

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