A paralysed painter from Chipperfield has penned a new self-help book with the aim of allowing readers to move forward.
Henry Fraser, who used to live in Kings Langley, had his life changed when he was on holiday at the age of 17; he dove into the sea off the beach and banged his head on the seabed – paralysing him from the shoulders down.
Ten years on, Henry has not only accepted his condition – he’s used it to propel him forward.
The former rugby star has become famous for his ability to paint extraordinary art by holding the brush in his mouth.
He was recently on ITV’s This Morning with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield to discuss his new book, The Power in You.
After conquering unimaginable difficulty to embrace life, Henry is using the book to help others ‘accept your past, live in the present and shape a positive future.’
In the book, Henry discusses acceptance, how to adapt and deal with our pasts, how to forgive ourselves, and how to forgive others.
He will remind us to live in the present and just how empowering that can be, how to work through self-doubt, how to become aware of our progress, and how everything you need in life comes from within you.
Previously speaking to KINGSnews about his most defining moments, Henry recalled when he was discharged from hospital in February 2010, after the accident.
He said: “I was put in a wheelchair for the first time and was taken outside. On my way back, I saw my reflection and it broke me. I had lost four stone, had an arm and head rest and it shocked me.
“I had a complete breakdown, but I began to think about it. I thought, ‘I can’t change it,’ so I changed my outlook instead.”
To purchase The Power in You, go to hyperurl.co/ThePowerInYou