I’m a digital storyteller, a wandering writer, a motivated speaker and a double-lung transplant recipient.
Life is about:
possibilities, not restrictions.
abilities, not disabilities.
trying, failing and achieving, not stagnating.
Life is about living a story worth telling.
A real-life story of life before transplant for one terrified Cystic Fibrosis sufferer that will remind you exactly why you signed the donor register.
After 23 years of battling Cystic Fibrosis I found myself facing two fates: A new lease of life through a double-lung transplant; or death.
At 23 my life expectancy was 12 months. My only hope of a future was a double-lung transplant. But getting my name on the recipient list for organ donation was only the beginning of the battle: 1000 people die every year while waiting for an organ, and I knew it.
I realised that waiting for new lungs would be a mental battle as well as a physical one and Smile Through It was born. A raw account – as only a diary can capture – of everything you need to know about waiting for a donor organ. From heartbreaking false alarms, to chance encounters and anecdotes that made me smile through one more day.
Taken from personal experience from finding a way back into life after my transplant forced me out of it, The Art of the Second Chance is a guide to finding what you love and making things happen.
Read the PDF here. (Right click to download)
I tell stories for a living. At the moment I lead engagement for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, helping to demonstrate impact to the people we exist to serve by telling great stories in a compelling fashion.
Stories are at the heart of everything I do, so I also tell them wherever I can: I speak at events as frequently as I can to evangelise the power of storytelling.