Stories and News Your stories Ross' story Ross, from Australia, had encephalitis two years ago. The 63-year-old writes about his recovery and how his love of the ocean and surfing has helped his recovery. “During the first six months of recovery my physical well-being was shot, and my mental state was crazy.I slept a lot and I had no memory at all of the six weeks I spent in hospital, let alone prior to the episode.My memory is still real patchy - past and present! But I don’t get depressed about it, I just laugh at myself.I have been an avid photographer since I was 15 and have thousands of images on my computer. Every day I go through them and it help dramatically with my thoughts n memories!In Australia, after a brain injury, they take your Driver’s License away for six months. But, luckily, where I live they have an amazing bike path so I made myself peddle a certain distance day after day until I neared my goal to reach the next town. This was all about building my fitness to get back in the surf!After three months, I started surfing again and it was like learning all over again. I had no stamina or balance.Again, I never got depressed. I just set goals. I knew deep down inside I would get back to a standard that I would be happy with.The desire and love of surfing was never going to leave me. I have a good mate who loves doing surf photography and he would film nearly every surf I went in and I would study each and every shot and tell myself that in time the ‘flow’ will come back!My fitness was improving rapidly and self-confidence was high. Many times I would surf by myself on a deserted part of the beach.This allowed me to free my thoughts and never take for granted the second chance at life I was given. Surfing and the total respect of the ocean to me is so healing.RossPS. I still get tired and have an afternoon sleep every day. But WOW being given a second chance. I will never take anything for granted #SurfForLife.