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Australia is known as the lucky country and I totally understand why. We’re a diverse and multi-cultural nation filled with opportunity – a safe haven, one that’s far away from devastation and war.
We’re not just lucky, we’re extremely blessed.
From a young age Sarah Archibald often dreamt about joining the Australian army. Her dad served in the army, her grandfather too, and so she wanted to make them proud by doing the same one day.
At age 18 her wish became a reality. She made it, and she couldn’t be more excited. She trained incredibly hard and gave it her all – blood, sweat and tears.
In 2006, Sarah was deployed to Baghdad in Iraq. She was just one of two women in her division, amongst 110 men. The experience not only changed her but saved her.
Sarah is one remarkable human. And I’m so happy to share her story with you today. This is the first time she’s fully opened up about her journey. So prepare yourself – it’s a BIG one.
Sarah has not only earned herself a stack of medals for deployment and acts of bravery, but she’s also the winner of the very first Invictus Games Medal, at the inaugural event held in London during 2014! Such an achievement!
In this interview Sarah and I chat about:
- Her work in Baghdad
- What bravery means to her
- Sarah’s battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- How we can all be more courageous
- Coping mechanisms when experiencing anxiety
- How the Invictus Games ignited her spark again
- And the moment she met Prince Harry. YEP! You heard correctly.
This chat is both eye-opening and inspiring. We cover lots of ground including her time in Baghdad during the war. So if you’re in need of some extra support and resources, please head to beyondblue.org.au.
Ok! Now we’re ready to take a walk with Sarah Archibald.
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Gianna & The PWM Team xx