Call to Action
Jill Wheatley, a StopConcussions Ambassador, doesn’t like the word ‘accident’. Instead, she describes the moment her life was altered for ever as “when serendipity changed my trail”. It was 2014, and she was teaching sports science at a school just outside Munich when, during a lesson, she was hit on the head by a baseball. Her skull fractured, her brain suffered swelling and bleeding, and damage to her optic nerves left her with just 30-per-cent vision – her right eye would never open again. In an instant, Wheatley, still in her early thirties, was transformed from an independent “adventurous spirit” to the survivor of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which also triggered a rare eating disorder that saw her weight plummet dangerously.