Kelly Scanlan is a woman who has always known her mind. From the time, she was 14 years old, she knew that she wanted a career in the military. When she turned 16 years old, her parents signed off on her application to join the Canadian Armed Forces reserves.
Scanlan rose to the rank of Corporal in a career that has spanned over 10 years, and which has included a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Over the course of her initial training, Kelly sustained an injury which worsened during her time in Afghanistan. Once home, Kelly found that she was also struggling with anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress injury (also known as post-traumatic stress disorder).
In this insightful podcast, we discover about what led Kelly to a diagnosis and how participation in sports and the Invictus Games have been instrumental in her rehabilitation. We also learn what it’s like for Kelly to rise to new challenges like her training as a new firefighter.
If you want to keep up with Kelly or know more about her story, follow her on Twitter @InvictusScanlan.