From Truama to Triumph

From Trauma to Triumph

As a keynote speaker I am very privileged in being able to share my story with an audience. I explain to individuals, companies and students what resilience looks like. How to over come adversity & realise potential. I also help people access support via a diverse network of individuals & organisations. In particular I help those who have served in the Armed Forces.


Simon's Story

Simon's Story
Simon's Story

Where it all began...

On 26th September 2009 I deployed on Operation Herrick to Helmand Province, Afghanistan. In my capacity as a remote medic I was responsible for the welfare of 120 soldiers. We also looked after any members of the local population who required our help. My tour lasted 30 days in Afghanistan and I treated everything from gunshot wounds to explosive injuries. I saw more trauma there than I had in my whole career to date. Read more of Simon’s story

My Story

 

Trauma

Truama
Trauma

It’s hard to forget those moments after being injured

It’s hard to forget the moments immediately following my injury. We left under the cover of darkness and after the explosion a brief fire fight ensued. I was treated by “one of the blokes”, which felt strange as that was my job. I remember feeling an urgent need to get back to my wife. I just had to hold on … Simon has written various articles about his initial treatment and rehabilitation What Saved My Life? Who Saved Me? Life in a Wheelchair

The Platinum 10 THE CRITICAL TIME IMMEDIATELY AFTER INJURY

10 - Platiumn 10

Treatment

Treatment
Treatment

At this point I wanted to go to sleep I couldn’t hold on any longer

At this stage treatment is pretty basic, but with cutting edge medical techniques. First: stop the bleeding. I could see that my right leg was gone and my left leg was in bits. I couldn’t lean on my arm – it was broken. My mate applied tourniquets – one to each leg – and then they carried me away from danger and patched me up on the floor outside our patrol base. My medics were superb. They covered my wounds and stopped me bleeding out on the Afghan soil.

The Golden Hour WHEN EMERGENCY TREATMENT IS MOST LIKELY TO BE SUCCESSFUL

1HR - Golden Hour

Triumph

Triumph
Triumph

My journey to triumph had started in that hospital bed

After I had been moved from the Intensive Care Unit I found myself among soldiers I had recently treated. You can imagine, this was rather a shock to them initially. My journey started in that hospital bed.  I didn’t realise what the future held, but with the help of a little bit of determination and my family and friends around me I recovered. I have received so much help over the years since and wanted to “give back” to the charities who had helped me – so I started taking part in various challenges to raise much needed funds to benefit others. Read about my challenges Race Across America 2012 RAAM Button Over the years I have supported Help for Heroes as a Volunteer Ambassador,  Combat Stress, BLESMA and many other worthwhile organisations.

The idea for the Blown Away Online Shop came from wanting to donate more funds to worth while organisations, in my first year I donated 50% of my profits to Combat Stress. For the foreseeable future my shop will be raising money for BLESMA

 

Simon Harmer stands amongst a very small group of individuals whose courage, leadership and inspiration has continued beyond the Battlefield. When Simon talks, people listen. They listen not because they have to, they listen because they want to, because they can learn, because they are inspired by his story… despite losing both his legs Simon Harmer is a Giant amongst men.
He is a Soldier, a leader, an Athlete, a Friend, a Son, a Husband and a Dad but perhaps above all Sergeant Simon Harmer… is a Hero.

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