On the 6th August 2016, my life changed forever. Whilst rock climbing in North Wales, I was involved in a serious fall, and broke my back in the process of landing precariously on a cliff edge. The injury I sustained left me instantly paralysed from the chest down, and fearing the worst, both for myself, and for those who loved me. Flying by coastguard helicopter to the nearest trauma unit that day, I knew that I had to be prepared for an uphill battle to recover, and to rehabilitate from a life changing injury.

It was during my five month stay at the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries (MCSI) that I was encouraged to write about my story, and to share it with others. Strength Through Adversity is a story which I hope accurately reflects the highs and lows of dealing with a life changing ordeal such as spinal cord injury.

Strength Through Adversity has also become a charity which looks to improve opportunities for disabled people to take part in sport in Shropshire. Thanks to overwhelming support from family, friends and members of the public, Srength Through Adversity has taken its first steps towards making a real difference in the local community.

Darren Edwards

Strength Through Adversity

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