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Faith Fordham

Royal Navy veteran Faith Fordham lives in Oxfordshire, and was medically discharged in 2011. She sustained minor physical injuries in Afghanistan and has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She said: “When I was medically discharged it felt like my world was torn apart. The military was my life and it was all I wanted my life to be. I lost my identity. I became severely depressed, leading to periods of time where I have been unable to leave my house and at one point even attempted to take my own life.” Canadian-born Faith hopes to compete in rowing, powerlifting, athletics and swimming at the Invictus Games, and is now at university studying to be a teacher. After a difficult few years, Faith now feels ready to face what the future holds. “My depression always clouded my future, which made it impossible to set any goals. However, having something to focus on has shown me that I do not need to be defined by my illness. Since starting training, my confidence has risen and I have found a reason to get up in the morning. I am slowly figuring out who I am and where I belong.”