The 'Have Hope' concept was formed during Brain Drain Co. owner Shelby's recovery from NMDA autoimmune encephalitis. 


"At the end of 2017, I found myself in hospital after a 2 week run on tour with my band at the time. It started with a headache that was misdiagnosed as an infectious disease. I went undiagnosed for a further month, landing myself in ICU, experiencing hallucinations, seizures and all round life-changing experiences. I fell into a coma at the beginning of December. During this time, the doctors and nurses at Austin Hospital in Melbourne worked hard to find out was wrong with me. They discovered  I had NMDA Autoimmune Encephalitis. I 'rebooted' at the end of 2017, beginning my long road to recovery. 


Brain Drain Co, and subsequently the “Have Hope” and “Hold On” designs, are the result of my recovery. I found myself creating in a way I never had before, and now my intentions are to spread awareness of this disease whilst continuing to create something that encourages others to heal too."

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  • I am and forever will be so proud of you after everything you’ve been through. And seeing how much you have grown within the past year is so amazing, your journey really shows how precious life can be and how strong hard times can make you, and now look at your wonderful company?! Love you always

    • Alyssa Meiners
  • So proud of how well you have come through it all in such a short time. Love you .

    • Lesley Clarry