Becoming an endurance athlete and breaking 47 world records was tough, but facing up to hearing loss was even harder
It was November 1998 when I was on a green patrol in Northern Ireland to Lisburn Barracks. I was waiting for some of the guys to get back and was standing very close to the first of two car bombs that went off inside the barracks themselves. Because of my proximity to the explosion, my hearing was permanently damaged and I was subsequently medically discharged from the army. Just like that, my whole world crumbled before me.
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