It was a routine patrol in 2009 in Afghanistan, but it changed Mark Taylor’s life forever. An IED forced him to shelter in outbuildings where he breathed in contaminated dust, infecting him with Q-Fever.
It left the 44-year-old former Infantry medic with severe exhaustion, mobility issues and PTSD. He says he finds it difficult to be outside the house and tires very easily: “I feel horrendous really. I don’t feel confident in myself, I want to go back to how I was. Fit and healthy.”
Mark’s been getting assistance from Help for Heroes for three years. He recently took part in a week-long well-being residency in Cornwall which has helped him to get out of the house and regain his confidence. There he’s discovered model making as a new hobby, is getting out more and is more optimistic for the future.
“Without the support of the British public, people like me would be much worse off. I’d be in a really bad place, in a sleeping bag somewhere. If I was here at all. All I can say is thanks to Help for Heroes.”
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