Jonny was diagnosed with PTSD in 2008 after his last operational tour of Iraq with the RAF. In 2015 he experienced a flare up which resulted in a further diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. The resultant exhaustion combined with muscle and joint pain is managed by medication and self-care.
“My career in the RAF as an Air Traffic Controller and Volunteer Gliding Instructor was cut short when I was diagnosed with PTSD and I was told I’d never fly again. The later diagnosis of CFS and Fibromyalgia then left me without the means, to take even explore the idea of flying again. Later on holiday, I was provided with a trip in a PA28 with an instructor. My training kicked in and I managed the full flight from engine start up to engine stop. During that one trip I saw a little glimpse of the old Jonny that I thought was lost.
Being awarded a scholarship is the final building block in my recovery. It’s proof that I am just as capable, and probably more resilient than I ever was prior to my health diagnosis.”
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