Day 922

Nepal | The journey begins

Today I return to Nepal for the biggest adventure of my life. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 922 days since the accident, since I lay motionless in the pool wondering if my life was over. With 60% of my spinal cord severed and three cardiac arrests it so nearly was, but someone or something decided to give me a second chance.

My outlook has changed since that day. Contemplating the end has made me think deeply about what’s important to me and how I can do something of substance with my life. Now, for the first time, I feel that I have a purpose. I know that I have to add value to other peoples lives in order to make mine feel complete. I was forced to look inwards to find something important to me, something to fight for and thanks to that I now have the ability to look outwards and the confidence to pursue my own path.

This path has led me here, a few hours from boarding a plane to Kathmandu and joining thirteen others on an adventure. I have no idea if what I’m about to attempt is physically possible, but if I don’t make it then I know it won’t be because I have given up. I learnt very early in intensive care that I couldn’t dwell on things that are out of my control. My body often escapes me but my mind never will and it’s my mind that will get me to the top of that mountain, not my body.

Thank you for giving me the strength to get to this point on our journey. I know this wouldn’t all be happening without my amazing family, friends, doctors, nurses, physios and all of you lot supporting from a distance. We’re all in this together and I couldn’t do it without you.

Lois, give Baz a hug, I love you both and I miss you already. X

Right, lets go and make a difference.🏔

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