When Royal Air Force instructor Georgie Smith was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2015, her confidence hit an all-time low.
‘At first, I saw it as a challenge to prove to everyone that, even though I had MS, I was still invincible. But it caused me to have a bit of a meltdown in 2018. I just lost it. I couldn’t stop crying.’
Georgie turned to Help for Heroes for support and, through their Sports Recovery Programme, she’s regained her confidence and tried activities she’d never considered before her illness. In June 2019 she captained the UK team at the Warrior Games in Florida, competing in athletics, powerlifting, shooting, sitting volleyball and indoor rowing.
‘My future looks more positive; I’m learning to relax and be more confident about new adventures and opportunities. The benefit it’s having on my family life is second to none. My children have a mother who is learning to manage her illness and stay active in order to make the best of our family time together. I still have a little way to go but I’m most definitely in a more positive place than I have been.’
Georgie still serves in the RAF as a Recruitment Manager and, with ongoing support, has a renewed sense of pride and belief in her abilities.
‘Often when people think about wounded or injured veterans their first thought is perhaps of traumatic injuries but the reality is that service personnel experience a whole range of medical issues, just like everyone else.’