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Crawley mans story and book is the inspiration we all need

From losing everything to changing his life for the better this is one story that will change your perspective on life.

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Three years ago Ben Hulmes life collapsed.

Having worked hard to build a life for him and his family in Spain it all fell apart after his partner walked out on him.

Having worked hard for three years on building up a business, creating a loving home he found it was all gone, including his two children.

As Ben puts it he hit ‘Rock Bottom, I was BROKEN’.

Ben before he turned his life around.

But what happened next is a prime example of how even at the most desperate of times you should never give up. You should never let the demons we all have in the back of our mind trying to put us down take hold.

Instead of just allowing his world to continue to collapse, to turn to drink or worse drugs, he made a conscious decision to change it all for the sake of his daughters. He moved back to the UK with his children joining him as a full time single dad and now resides in Crawley Down.

“I focused on positives not negatives. I focused on my mental health. I changed my life, my mindset and my body.” says Ben.

And change he did.

Ben working out.

In-fact Ben managed to do something so many people fail to achieve. He managed to focus on what mattered to him and used fitness as the outlet for his energy.

It took time though but the change was significant. So much so in-fact that Ben managed to lose 5.7 stone in two years.

The transformation is clear.

But this transformation is all the more incredible when you learn that Ben was almost left paralysed after a horrific car accident 10 years ago.

In Oct, 2008 he was traveling as a passenger in a car that lost control and hit a tree. As a result he broke and dislocated his neck. The doctor said he should have died or at least been left paralysed but following a 6 hour operation and having metal pins inserted in his neck fusing the C3 and C4 vertebrae he survived. What followed was 10 years of living off anti-anxiety and antidepressants.

The incredible change, before and after and the metal pins in his neck.

But Bens story is much more than just losing some weight because mentally he changed as a person for the better. The anger he once had over what had happened disappeared and suddenly life was about positives not negatives.

This culminated in winning the Inspiration Category at the Crawley Communities awards this year.

Then came the realisation that what he had been through could benefit others.

“I wanted to inspire and help other people.” says Ben.

So just over a year ago Ben set about doing just that. In May 2018 he launched Boot Camp at Tulleys with just five people participating. But the belief he had stayed fast and just one year to the day to that first class he was getting over 120 people every session.

Suddenly everything was changing around him. Mentally he was happy, his business was growing fast and life was all positives.

Now Ben has taken another step in helping others by writing a book. But he is clear that this is not just another ‘get fit’ book.

“I wanted to write something that is not just about how to eat and how to exercise but to also focus on the one area that very few people ever talk about, the mind.” he says.

Ben’s book, ‘The Game Changer‘ launched last Sunday 12th May at a book launch in Olivers Coffee & Wine in Copthorne with even the British Heart Foundation attending.

The book has been split into three ‘phases’ as Ben puts it. The first explains his story so readers can understand him. The second is the largest section which is all about getting into the right mindset whilst the final phase is Bens own take on nutrition, talking about what we are designed to eat.

What Ben has done is remarkable and is a true testament to what is possible when you put your mind to it. In-fact with mental health issues appearing every day in the news around the world finally people are starting to realise that the issue is not one that anyone should be ashamed of. It’s actually one we should all be talking about, helping each other with and ultimately acting upon.

Ben’s story is one for everyone, whether you want to lose weight or not because it does more than inform, it actually inspires and gives hope to thousands of people who are living in their own anxieties. This isn’t just a book, this is a lesson in living and what could be more important than that?

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Inspiring Crawley man crushed under dumper truck and left paraplegic fundraising for pioneering rehabilitation

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Twenty years ago Steve Collins had a horrific accident when he was crushed after a dumper truck tipped over on him.

Following initial rehabilitation, his condition, was described as incurable.

“There was nothing more the NHS could do for me,” says Steve.

“Since leaving hospital I have always managed to live independently in my own bungalow using my resourcefulness and ingenuity to live a full and active life, but my goal has always been to heal my body.”

For the last fifteen years Steve has been involved in pioneering work in the field of Advanced Bio-Mechanical Rehabilitation. Known as ABR Therapy, this is the brain child of a Russian man called Leonid Blyum.

“I have been working under his guidance and we are proving that spinal injury is a treatable condition.” Steve Explains.

But there are no miracle cures and it is a long slow process and in all this time Leonid Blyum has been evolving and refining the techniques as the therapy has developed.

So far Steve has made enormous improvements and is now well on his way to walking again, but there is still a long way to go.

“In order to overcome a spinal injury, it is necessary to rebuild the catastrophic collapse of the primary core structure of the body. Unfortunately the medical establishment focuses solely on nerve damage and fails to see the vitally important bio-mechanical aspects. When we address the bio-mechanics and rebuild the structure we find that the nerve pathways re-establish of their own accord, despite the terrible damage I did to my spine.”

“Before this therapy my body was terribly depleted and everything was a struggle, including sitting. I could sit on the bus, but had to hold on for dear life. Now I can sit comfortably with my hands in my lap as the bus lurches round the corners. In the past when I went to sleep I woke up in exactly the same position, full of aches and pains. Now I have the strength in my body to toss and turn in my sleep like anyone else. I used to be paralysed from the waist down, now I have strength in my pelvis and control of my legs at the hips and knees. I live comfortably and move around with ease, can crawl on all fours and weight bear through my legs with a good hand hold.”

“I have every intention of walking again and need another five years to finish rebuilding my body. It is important that I continue this work, not only for my own future, but for the future of all who follow in my footsteps. I make it my mission to show what is possible.

Now Steve is fundraising to continue the vital work in Advanced Bio-Mechanical Rehabilitation and to also help him walk again.

You can support Steve and his campaign by going to his GoFundMe page here.

For more information you can also see Steve’s website here www.spinalroots.net

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