Lorna Collins suffered a life-threatening brain injury and total amnesia, and she had no concept of who she was. She tried to exercise control in the only way she knew how – by controlling her eating and by self-harm. Art became her lifeline: it was Lorna’s way of expressing her hallucinations and her pain. One doctor recognised the pain in her paintings, and made art a part of her therapy. Since then, she returned to university and got her PhD. Lorna says: “I learned that life can be terrible. But it can also be exquisite. I’m grateful for what has happened because it’s brought me compassion and sensitivity.”
- You can also watch Lorna’s TEDx talk here.