Fighting a Brain
Steer, from Gloucester, had the footballing world at his feet when he
was 10 years old. Playing for a successful local junior football team,
everything was going well for the young striker and he even dreamt of
playing for his beloved West Ham United.
aged 11, his life turned upside down when he suffered a brain haemorrhage
following a freak cycling accident.
fought his way back into football after a three month absence from the
game. However, things just weren't the same. Despite the fact that he'd
recovered much of his manoeuvrability, his injury had affected his balance.
He felt frustrated and found himself losing his temper during games. Half
the time didn't want to play.
came to a head approaching the new millennium. He went on a football coaching
course that turned out to be a personal disaster. He returned to Gloucester
feeling depressed about what had happened and it lead him to taking an
overdose on New Year's Eve. Fortunately he called for help.
incident led him to reflect on his life and he discovered a passion for
writing. He put all his thoughts and emotions down on paper and eventually
turned them into a book that recorded his life story.
Gary's looking to the future and he hopes his love of writing will be
involved in some way.
maker Gary Steer from Gloucester)
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