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Beyond Recovery

You know what they say, “If your goals don’t scare you, they’re not big enough!”

Well, for quite some time I’ve had an idea…

17 days on the road, mostly alone, gave me lots of time to think about it, so here goes…

Getting back out doing what I love after surgery was something that, at times, felt totally unachievable. I was stuck. Discharged from hospital, looking ok(ish) on the outside, but in some weird (and at times dark) headspace. Recovery is a really strange place that no one ever tells you about, and this last couple of weeks have shown me that I am still very much in that place.

Anyway, I was eventually able to surround myself with those who believed that I could do these things again, and with their support, I’ve been able to put the hard work in to achieve my goals.

Ready to set off from Land’s End with those who helped get me to the start line!

That effort, however, was only possible with knowledge and guidance from others, and I have learnt an awful lot about me, and what that effort involves along the way.

Anyway, back to my idea. I want to help others focus BEYOND RECOVERY to accomplish some big goals too. As I said, it’s assumed you’re “fixed” when often we’re left with the life-changing impacts of our diagnosis. There is little to focus on. It’s like being in limbo at times, but having a goal takes us beyond that place.

So, I’d like to set a goal that those individuals who have been on a similar journey to me can achieve; one that I am sure will create positive change, growth and transformation in their lives in more ways than we can ever imagine. I want to retrace my steps in the Atlas mountains with them.

Believe me when I say there is nothing more empowering than standing on a summit, when it’s one of the many things you thought you’d never get to enjoy again.

I am planning an adventure, one where I can help people just like me, with dodgy balance and everything else that goes with it, to push beyond their limits. Beyond recovery.

Moments after reaching Toubkal summit, 506 days after my surgery.

There is an awful lot to consider; I don’t expect the planning and organising will be any easier than my LEJOG challenge, but I have a good feeling about this. I’m excited to make it happen and have already been making contact with those in country to kick the planning process into action.

I really want to subsidise this as much as possible; I will be ploughing the profits from my book sales into this project, and have a few other ideas that I’m working on at the moment too, so please keep your eyes open for them on the shop page.

I will also be looking for sponsors who want to help make this happen. If you think you can support any aspect of this, I would love to hear from you.

As soon as I have more details in place, I will be sharing it with you. 

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