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What is WILD Stories?
WILD Stories is an online platform that showcases inspiring individuals who have overcome insurmountable obstacles in order to chase wholeness and Spend More Time In The WILD. Whilst these real life stories come in all shapes and sizes, the hope is that they will offer the shared realisation that we can all find our brave and step out into the best version of ourselves if we pull together and choose to live wholeheartedly.
We release a new WILD Story every month through our newsletter and share across our social media platforms.
If you would like your story to feature, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application form.
"Owning our stories and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we will ever do"
At 12 years old Paul enjoyed a 9 month stay in Alaska that cemented his love of nature - a passion that would follow him throughout his life working as a woodsman, then a car salesman. During this time he developed Huntington's Disease and is now unable to work as a result.
In this inspirational post, Paul shares how spending time outside helps him manage the pain and mental disturbance as his illness progresses.
After her best friend was killed when she was 14, CJ found herself thrown into a dark depression. At the age of 18 she decided to move to the USA to work on ranches in Colorado and Wyoming, discovering along the way that the horses and way of life helped lift the struggle. She later uncovered that hiking with her two best friends (each with four paws) worked just the same in helping her to find balance and calm in a world she still struggles with.
At the age of 7 Marieanne found herself struggling with self harm and suicidal thoughts. She was hospitalised in her late teens after yers of emotional turmoil, and it was whilst there she discovered pottery. Little did she realise that this new skill would blossom into a business that would change not only her life, but the lives of hundreds around the globe...
In 2017 Julie found herself committing to walk towards health after 4 years of struggling with a combination of medication, drink and anxiety left her lacking self-confidence and belief. With a new-found spring in her step and sense of purpose, coinciding with the birth of her first grandchild, Julie's life was was starting to feel good. But on August 27th 2018 her daughter Karly was tragically killed in a car accident, leaving behind her young son Joshua and a heartbroken family.
Find out how in the face of immense grief and anxiety, Julie is courageously stepping out to live her life to the full, and alongside her partner Dave, has found a sense of peace and freedom through time spent outdoors...
In 1996 Rob was diagnosed with Stargardt's Disease, leaving him with very limited vision. After the initial yeas of shock where he found his life threatened by excessive drinking to manage the discomfort, he turned his life around by getting outside and walking. He first stared locally with the help of his sister, but it wasn't long before he craved a bigger adventure and set his sights on Snowdon and more recently, a collection of long-distance trails...
At twenty one, Andre's world was a happy one. Then one snowy morning this all changed as he was pushed off the road by a speeding lorry. His car overturned and landed on its roof which was crushed around his head….the lorry didn’t stop. A few months later he received the news that he had Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue and was told he would never again be able to enjoy the great outdoors. So, he steeled with a determination to prove the doctors wrong and decided to trying something way beyond his previous reach; climbing Snowdon… without any aids.
Whilst serving as a Royal Engineer, Chalky learnt and developed many skills for surviving and living out in the field and his time in the army saw his childhood passion for the great outdoors flourish. However, nature became something very different for him after his tours of Iraq, which ultimately led to him developing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). After this, being outside in nature became his escape, his safe place and although he didn’t necessarily know it at the time, part of his therapy...
At the age of 30 with 4 young children, Nikki was diagnosed with an aggressive form of stage 2 breast cancer and suddenly found herself forced into a world of fear and anxiety, 12 hour surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. It was an unfamiliar environment and she felt completely out of control.
Find out how Nikki pulled through and has come out the other side stronger than every before...
In March 2015, at the age of 58, Roger unexpectedly suffered from a stroke that left him paralysed down his right side. 2 years after consistent physio and training, Roger headed out the 500mile Camino de Santiago. Find out about his story and his goals for the future...