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”Being a man is about taking responsibility for your life”

When he became the UK’s first triple amputee, Mark Ormrod realised that manliness is more about living up to your full potential than being an alpha male INTERVIEW RIN HAMBURGH PHOTOGRAPH GARETH IWAN JONES

Before doing what I do now, I was a Royal Marines commando. In September 2007, I was deployed to Afghanistan for a six-month tour. On Christmas Eve, while on a routine foot patrol, I stood on and detonated an explosive device and became the UK’s first triple amputee from the confiict. I actually think I was pretty lucky. When something like that happens, there are two ways you can go. You can think, ‘Why did this happen to me?’ Or you can look at it, assess it and say, ‘Well, there isn’t a lot I can do about it now, so I’m just going to get on with it.’ That was my natural go-to attitude.

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