- Ben Lovell had his limb removed in 2017, which led to depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.
- But instead of giving up on life, he started a fitness journey while mentoring other people who have gone through the same difficulty.
- Ben even climbed three of the highest peaks in England, and started inspiring people around the globe!
It may be ironic, but Ben Lovell’s amputated leg led to the most active phase of his lifetime.
After suffering a blood clot in 2017, a seven-hour bypass surgery was performed in an attempt to save his leg — but to no avail. The only option left for him was to have his limb removed.
What happened was a lot for Ben to take in. He suffered depression, anxiety, and PTSD, and even had thoughts of wanting to end his life.
“I try to be as real as I can when I’m explaining to other amputees what I’ve gone through — feelings of suicide and the rest of it,” he said.
But Ben did not give up and instead turned the adversity into a great opportunity to better the quality of his life.
He developed a love to be physically active and even started mentoring people who have gone through amputation as he did, through the boot camp he founded: Amp Camp.
Since then, Ben’s life has taken a fantastic turn that he wouldn’t even wish going back to his old life.
“If a genie came out of the lamp and said I could go back to how I was, I would tell him to get back in his box! Walking has brought so much purpose to my life,” Ben said. “In the old days, I only ever used to walk to the pub on a Friday night and stumble out the following morning, but I love walking and I’ve really fallen in love with the Lake District.”
Although his condition now limits him to a 20-minute walk at a time, Ben even decided to take on a greater challenge — to climb the three highest peaks in England: Helvellyn, Scafell, and Scafell Pike!
With determination and a fearless heart, Ben successfully climbed all three peaks in just 27 hours!
“It’s never about how long it takes me; it’s just about getting it done,” Ben said.
Ben’s story of how he literally conquered the mountains has inspired strangers from different sides of the world to pursue their dreams.
“I’ve had messages from across the world including America. Doing what I do takes my mind off my problems,” he said. “It’s great when you get messages from people telling me how I’ve inspired them.”
Source: Inspire More