How did i get here?
As a promising young footballer I was involved in a serious road traffic accident. I broke my neck and was given just a 5% chance of using my limbs again. Yet after a long hard battle I beat the odds, and walked out of the spinal unit.
With a million pounds in compensation and with little idea of money’s true value, I poured my cash into failed business ventures, buying both a big wheel and a tele-sales company, all while dealing with the inner turmoil of disability and depression, and the fear that all anybody wanted from me was my money. I found myself drinking, taking drugs and, on a number of occasions, came close to ending my life – not least following my mum’s death from cancer in 2006.
I realised something had to change. I started writing a blog about my mental health and what it was like living with a disability and I felt the weight lift from me. As well as feeling better about myself, I had people approach me who were in similar situations. People started asking me for help and support which then led me to study coaching and counselling. Last year I was the first spinal cord injury walker to climb the equivalent of the height of Mount Everest by walking some of the highest peaks in the UK, ending on Ben Nevis. In 2019 I climbed the highest peak in England, Scafell Pike, becoming the only spinal cord injury walker to complete the National Three Peaks (though, of course, not in 24 hours).
20 years ago, after being given only 5% chance of using my limbs again and being told I would never walk, I was seen as a miracle patient. I walked out of the spinal unit with all the staff and patients cheering. However, life isn’t as simple as that. 20 years on, while I can walk, I still have other issues such as poor bowel and bladder control, fatigue, pain, loss of function in my right hand and an obvious limp….so I have had to learn to deal with living with chronic disability.
Who am I?
I’m a Yorkshireman
I support Everton
I say ‘er’ a lot
I have a penchant for tattoos
I love gigs
I don’t like cheese
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