Powerlifter Jonathan Mitchell lost more than half his body weight to chemotherapy as he battled the highly-aggressive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia for four and half years.
The eight per cent chance of survival he was given wasn’t a problem, he says, because he believed he was 'bulletproof'. More worrying was the prospect of being discharged from the army, which he saw as his ‘second family’.
“I grieved the loss of the Army, becoming depressed,” he recalled. “I missed feeling that sense of pride and being a part of the brotherhood.”
He volunteered for the Invictus Games and won a powerlifting bronze in Sydney last year and has been working hard to better that this time around with the support of Help for Heroes.