Jethro: 50 Years Ago I Stood On A Landmine
Sometimes we all need a little help from our friends.
Terry regularly meets up with his 'Dad Bods' group for training - but it's just as much about the emotional support and mateship.
Last week they were joined by some very special guests from Mates 4 Mates - wounded, injured or ill current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel who come together for support.
One particular former serviceman, Jethro, absolutely inspired us.
"Just over 50 years ago in 1967 I stood on a landmine… - literally blew my leg off and everything else was part of the trimming up process," Jethro said.
"It was a tough time but I got through it because I was supported by mates – not this bunch of mates but the guys that I served with and we’re still friends today.
"To jump forward to 2017, well, that marks the second year I’ve been in the gym with Brett and others before him – I was bulking up, I had reached 110 kilos… and it wasn’t doing me any good
"I wore a wooden leg for over 20 years which didn’t do my back any good, I went onto crutches that definitely didn’t do my shoulders any good, both have been reconstructed.
"I’m in a wheelchair because when I turned 60 they found out I had a dicky heart, and I’m on warfarin so I have to stay in the wheelchair – I can’t afford to fall and bleed.
"But my weight now is down to 91 kilos and it’s getting lower.
"It’s a bit like the Coles ad, ‘going down, down and I’m loving it’!"
While he may be missing one arm and one leg, Jethro still has such spirit.
Honestly, such an inspiration - and his story is only one of many at Mates 4 Mates at their Milton gym.
It just reminds us that regardless of how strong we may appear, everyone needs help at one time or another and it takes real strength to reach out and ask for help.
"There’s nothing to be ashamed of if you’ve got a problem," he said.
"It doesn’t matter if it’s a pain in your big toe, your heart or hear head, they are the same.
"They all prevent you from enjoying each day as you’re meant to enjoy it."