Tegan van der Peet
Tegan set off to the Netherlands in 2018 on an exciting new overseas adventure. While riding her bike to a local festival, looking forward to a day of fun with friends, Tegan fell off her bike.
She fell onto her head, sustaining a serious head injury. So began a different type of journey with weeks, months and years of recovery.
After the accident, Tegan spent the next 10 days in the hospital with three small fractures in her skull; behind her eye, ear and at the back of her skull. Her brain was bleeding, bruised, and swollen.
When Tegan’s condition was stable enough for her to fly, she returned home to Nelson to be looked after by her Mum. It was a lonely and challenging time. She was so exhausted that she would spend entire days in bed. Her neuro-fatigue was so severe that some days even taking a shower was too hard.
The reality of Tegan’s new life began to set in.
She initially thought her life would just bounce back to how it had been before the accident. However, she soon realised that a head injury meant letting go of her former life and adjusting to a new one. A life coping with headaches, nausea, dizziness, sensitivity to light, fatigue and a partial loss of smell. Even processing information took so much longer.
Her journey continued through months of rehabilitation and physiotherapy. While her brain slowly started to recover, even after several years, Tegan is still dealing with headaches, fatigue and an inability to concentrate for extended periods.
Tegan has tried many ways to help mitigate or minimise her symptoms. These days she gets to bed by 8.30 pm each night to help manage her fatigue. As a young vivacious woman with an active social life, this self-imposed curfew is tough, but a necessary sacrifice to help her function during the day.
Tegan then discovered cGPMax™. Someone recommended cGPMax™ to her Mum, as it was known to help with brain injuries and Tegan started taking it in March 2020. By this time, she had moved to Wellington and started a new job. However, she still experienced a few intense headaches a week.
Within three weeks of taking cGPMax™, Tegan was getting headaches less often, they were not as severe and didn't come on till later in the day. Now after taking cGPMax™ every day for months, she’s gone from regular, intensely painful headaches to having them only occasionally and still being able to function through them. This huge positive change has improved Tegan’s quality of life.