'Every day I wake up thinking it's October 15 2014': amnesia sufferer’s heartrending tale

By Kirstin Buick
14 July 2015

The UK's Nikki Pegram (28) fell and hit her head on a metal pole last year - and now she can't remember the past nine months.

This woman woke up this morning thinking it was October 15, 2014.

The same thing happened yesterday. And the day before. And the one before that.

The UK's Nikki Pegram (28) fell and hit her head on a metal pole last year, and has developed retrograde amnesia, meaning she can't develop new memories. Now, she has to rely on a notebook, her "memory loss diary" to catch her up nine months, the Mirror reports.

It might sound like something out of a Hollywood movie, but Nikki, who is mom to four-year-old Freddie, says it's a nightmare.

“I don’t know what I’m like every morning, but today I just remember feeling frightened. It doesn’t feel real."

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To help her, she tucks a note under pillow every single night that says, "Read as soon as you wake up."

Every day, her husband Chris (39) has to sit with her and explain what happened - and every morning she thinks he's playing a joke on her.

"I'm the real life Drew Barrymore in 50 First Dates, but amnesia is not as fun and comical as the film makes it look.

"I've missed Christmas, family holidays and even my own birthday because I can't remember anything after the accident."

The last thing Nikki remembers is the hospital appointment she had before her accident -- she'd been to see a doctor about a knee injury after a kickboxing class.

"I've been told I was waiting for Chris to pick me up, during that time, I must have lost my balance and fallen over - but I don't remember any of that."

She was treated at the same hospital, and allowed home the next day. But two days later, Chris realised that something just wasn't right.

"I noticed Nikki and I were having the same conversations we’d had the day before. I’d remind her but she had no recollection," Chris says.

They went back to the hospital, where doctors diagnosed her short-term memory loss.

She's receiving treatment from a brain clinic at a local hospital, and doctors say it's possible her memory could return.

“It’s terrible to realise you’ve lost nine months of your life," she told the Sun. "The hardest part of my day today was learning I no longer have a job because of my accident.

“Not only that, but my son is nine months older than I remember and he’s so big.”

Sources: thesun.co.uk, mirror.co.uk, westerndailypress.co.uk

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