Today I continue my conversation with Simon Jameson, the 28 year old Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy sufferer, who said ‘fuck you’ to his disability, and decided to take up airsoft. His strength of character, personality and honesty make him a true warrior. Read on…
If you haven’t read part 1 of my interview with Simon you can check it out HERE: A Warrior Among Men Part 1
Yesterday he finished by telling me he was going to be rigging his support weapons up with HPA.
Templar Airsoft: HPA, twin support guns!! Sounds like my kind of party Haha!! I saw your video last night, which was pretty epic by the way, but what’s next for you?
Simon Jameson: Well I’m still to rig them up, but I hear wonderful things about them so I’m really looking forward to running with them. Thanks very much glad you liked it. I’m pretty proud of it, Well, next for me is to keep fund raising to pay off my new TANK and game harder and better than before, build up more of a rep and maybe just maybe tour the states TANK style!
TA: HPA is a pretty cool way to run guns. Nice and reliable. Not my cup of tea to be honest, purely because of the hose, but I reckon it’s probably the best set-up for you. Get a couple of 12 litre tanks on the back of your TANK and rock the hell out of anyone that dares step into your sights!!
Touring the states would be epic, and, without trying to sound patronising, I have to admire your ambition. It is awesome to see someone with the obvious hurdles you have, who says, fuck it. I’m going to do what I want to do and have fun in the process. With that in mind, how do you think airsoft has helped, if at all, with the way you live your life?
SJ: Yeah I’ll be honest the hose did always put me off too, but the reliability is what I really need since the m249 gearboxes are the biggest pile of shite ever! I’m pretty fine with the hose, ha. I was only just gifted a big carbon fibre military tank so I’m sorted well on that front!
Yeah it has been a plan of mine for a long time. I know what you’re saying. I suppose my hurdles are normal life to me because I’ve never known any other way of life. I still want adventure in life, and the occasional ass if I’m lucky, that’s what life’s about, enjoying what life has to give.
Absolutely! if I didn’t have airsoft I don’t think I would of been built as strong and as confident as I have. I’ve said in many interviews, Airsoft has given me a great strength and drive in life. The way I see it, if I have challenged myself with Airsoft while already being challenged with a radical illness, surely that’s worth some bit of self pride.
TA: That’s a commendable outlook on life buddy. And with regard to your illness. What is it the condition called? I think I read on another interview somewhere that you lost your brother to the same thing?
SJ: Thanks dude! The condition is called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, its a muscle wasting disorder, and yes my brother died from the same illness aged 30, was back in 09, I had just turned 20. If it wasn’t for airsoft I probably would have gone insane as it occupied me through the awful grieving time.
TA: It’s great that you’ve been able to get into something and enjoy yourself with it, and I think it is a great testament of the good that can be done within the community, especially since your campaign has come to light! it must be great for your family to see you enjoying yourself so much in the face if adversity as well. I lost my uncle to Motoneurons Disease a while back and I think one of the hardest things for the family was to watch him go from a successful builder with an outgoing personality, to just sitting there waiting for the inevitable.
I really appreciate your time. You really are an inspiration. A true warrior (and I don’t use that term lightly) in every sense of the word!
SJ: Yeah its been pretty amazing all right, and some adventure through the years. The big thing for me has always been the community and how supportive they have been to me, especially of late. Sorry for your loss. Yea that is one of the hardest things is to watch someone’s will to slowly be sucked away. Life is precious as they say.
No, thank you buddy, I really appreciate your interest and support in showing my story. And thanks very much. That means a lot to me.
As you can see, this guy truly is an inspirational character. He’s had words of support from everyone ranging from us mere airsofters, to members of the Special Forces community and all throughout remains incredibly humble. It has been a pleasure talking to him.
You can support Simon on his quest to upgrade his tank, and please do, by donating to his Go Fund Me page HERE: https://www.gofundme.com/cqj26f4k