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."