After a 10 year battle with addiction, depression and self-hate I crashed my car at high speed into a rock embankment. The situation was critical as emergency workers raced to save my life. I suffered major head injuries, broke my back in multiple places and was fast drowning in my own blood. A week later I woke from a coma and had total recall of the choice that I'd been given - to return to my addiction, self-hate, and pain or embrace love and begin a new life.

I was told that I was facing 18 months of recovery and that I could have permanent disability. I had nothing to feel good about and no reason to believe in myself. I looked into my mum's eyes one day in the recovery ward and knew she loved me. I decided I would do it for her - I would transform my life for mum. I defied medical opinion and walked out of hospital just 12 days after waking from the coma.

I chose something greater for myself and reinvented my life - curing my depression and addiction as I healed my brain and body.

I know we all have the power to build the life we want.