Chris Farrell felt like she had been lost for the last 20 years. But after finding Combat Stress and Help for Heroes she is now recovering – through creativity. “I feel poetry and painting have given me a whole new interest and meaning.”
Chris was a proud member of the Armed Forces serving in the Royal Military Police. Not one but two incidents changed the path of her life and career and sent her into a dark place. She has brain damage caused by a tropical disease called Japanese Encephalitis from a mosquito bite in Hong Kong. She also has a spinal injury as a result of an incident in Northern Ireland.
It was not until 2016 she contacted Combat Stress for help. They in turn put her in touch with us at Help for Heroes and our Band of Brothers Fellowship. “The last few years have been amazing in my recovery,” Chris said. “I have joined the Invictus Games Choir which gave me a pathway back to my career in the military with like minded people, enjoying the community and the banter.”
She has used poetry and art as part of her recovery. “I would never have said I was a creative person but through the poetry I have written it has opened up a different part of my brain and helped me come to terms with my illness and injury.”
Recently she rescued a dog called Becky who is such a character and a brilliant companion for Chris – they are inseparable. When the Creative Force Christmas Card Competition came along it seemed an obvious choice to paint Becky for her entry. You can see that Becky and Chris are quite pleased with the results! But Chris describes it as Becky's picture "because she is such a character and if you were to meet her you would just fall in love with her."
"Probably like a lot of the WIS [Wounded, injured and sick] community, what she wants more than anything is a cuddle."
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