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‘Nurse who believed in me helped me piece my life back together’

Simon Peacock, who was seriously injured while serving in Afghanistan, talks about his ‘miracle’ nurse Diane Palmer, who was among those honoured in the RCNi Nurse Awards 2017.
Diane Palmer

Simon Peacock, who was seriously injured while serving in Afghanistan, talks about his ‘miracle’ nurse Diane Palmer, who was among those honoured in the RCNi Nurse Awards 2017

While serving in the Royal Anglian Regiment in Afghanistan in 2007, I was seriously injured by friendly fire. I have been left with significant physical and psychological injuries from the blast.

Before I met Diane Palmer I felt that no one cared about me or what I had suffered. I was pushed from pillar to post, and referred to various professionals.

My paperwork was lost several times, professionals didn't follow up referrals as they promised, and I was labelled as having nothing more than ‘an adjustment disorder’. This ignored the

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