We were really chuffed to be able to interview Steve from metal and PMA themed apparel company BORN 2 BLEED, about his personal story of overcoming significant adversity and chronic pain with the support of heavy metal and hardcore music*. See his video story here, speaking to our own nurse Ratched. Here is a link to his spotify playlist of songs he finds motivational as well 🙂
Steve has also written his story in a blog, you can find the full thing here but see a few edited highlights below:
I know first hand what it’s like to feel down and out, broken, anxious, depressed, in a lot of pain with no hope. Back in 2000 I was involved in a 3-wheeler motorcycle accident suffering a broken back, arm and wrist and was lucky not to have been killed or paralysed.
The physical pain and impact on my life was devastating but the worst was the mental pain and struggle it caused, but I refused to give up and realised there were a lot of people out there a lot worse off than me, and within 1 and a half years clawed my way back, started working again and threw my all into my passion – playing drums and writing HEAVY FUCKING MUSIC with my band INTERROGATE!
Fast forward to 2012! I developed chronic knee pain which eventually forced me to give up playing drums/music altogether in 2013 , went through a stressful relationship break-up, and was stuck in a job I hated! I was completely devastated, anxious and depressed and for a long time felt like there was no hope and no one could help me with the pain!
I tried to ‘escape’ through drinking and partying hard at the weekends, but when everything wore off it made the depression and anxiety 10 times worse and at 1 point I was going to bed every night of the week not caring if I woke up in the morning! Life just felt stagnant, miserable and meaningless!
However, after reading an influential book about mindset step by step I introduced healthy habits 1 by 1, and as I started to feel better, I got more determined and started pushing myself to do things I never thought I could do, like eating healthier, cutting out the binge drinking/partying and doing new forms of exercise (well, new to me!). I starting doing DDP Yoga…then yoga, meditation, MMA classes and hiking and here I am now, almost 40 years old at the time of writing this, feeling stronger, fitter and healthier than I was in my twenties, back playing drums, giving drum lessons and I’ve created a brand that I hope will help change many other peoples’ lives for the better.
*as with all of our stories, these are the personal experiences of the people we speak to, they do not constitute professional advice or suggest that HMT endorse particular methods/products.