Former Sergeant Sarah Robinson from Hull struggled and fought through her illness whilst serving in the British Army.
Following radiation treatment, she hoped that her anxiety symptoms and attacks would fade, her confidence would return and she would stop being frightened of the things she once took for granted.
Sarah applied and was granted a Reserve spot at the Invictus Games in Sydney in 2018. Motivated and focused on her continued recovery journey through sport, Sarah feels fortunate and is proud of her newfound sport disciplines. She competed in athletics, cycling, powerlifting and swimming at the Invictus UK Trials in 2019 and credits the Invictus journey and the associated training in helping her day to day.
“Sports recovery gives me focus and drive to do and be better so the commitment has to be to myself. I have realised that instead of looking back mourning for what I was, I now need to look forward, put my painful past behind me, forgive myself and be me.
“My Invictus journey and sport continue to enable me to become less isolated and I know that the recovery benefit from this process will help me continue to become stronger. The recovery is not just mine though. It is also my family’s. The benefits to them are being able to talk to others in the same situation, forge friendships, offer help and support to other families as well as taking it in return. This isn’t just saving me it’s saving all of us one by one.”