All I want for Christmas…

At this time of year in the UK, it’s normal to be asked what you want from Santa Claus on Christmas Day. The majority of people ask for their latest want big and small. My request, after 40 years of living with the chronic illness cystic fibrosis (CF)* is a basic need not a want – it’s a present called ‘good health’…

To help with my plea from Santa, I’ve decided to bring in the services of Mariah Carey. No, not what you’re thinking (we’re both spoken for). I have cheekily amended her popular Christmas ditty– ‘All I want for Christmas is You’:

(Sing the actual tune with the lyrics below – it helps!)

I don’t want a lot for Christmas
There’s just one thing I need
I don’t care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree
I just want some healthy lungs of my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas is…

I don’t need to hang my stocking
There upon the fireplace
Santa Claus won’t make me happy
With a toy on Christmas day
I just want a healthy pancreas of my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true

All the lights are shining
So brightly everywhere
And the sound of Felix’s
Laughter fills the air
And everyone is singing
I hear those sleigh bells ringing
Santa won’t you bring me the one thing I really need
Won’t you please bring a cure for me…

Now, I don’t wish to come across as too melodramatic (so not me) or bah, humbug! I certainly don’t want to quash the spirit of Christmas. I will, of course, enjoy the presents I receive. I’ll get an especially huge buzz from watching my son Felix and his innocent intoxication with the whole festive experience.

But I doubt there’s a person who suffers with either CF or any other life-threatening illness that wouldn’t secretly want to swap all those lovely gift-wrapped presents for the most precious gift of all – better health!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all

I will keep you posted on my life affirming moments, trials and tribulations as and when they happen. Please keep reading and sharing my blog and sign up if you have not already done so.

Yours cup half full


Tim Wotton

* Cystic Fibrosis is one of theUK’s most common life threatening inherited diseases, affecting over 8,500 people. The condition affects the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, by clogging them with thick sticky mucus. This makes it hard to breathe and digest food. Each week, five babies are born with the condition, however, each week, three young lives are also lost to it. There is currently no cure for CF. However, existing gene therapy trials in the UK are bringing people with the illness closer to a form of cure but CF is not that well known and would benefit from more public donations.

For more information and to find out more view the CF Trust Website


About Tim Wotton

I live with my lovely wife (Katie) and spirited ten-year old son (Felix) in Morden, Surrey; working full-time as an internal communications specialist in the Oil & Gas sector. I have played sport, particularly hockey, tennis all my life and now regularly go to the gym. Cystic fibrosis has been a huge factor in my life, but not one that overshadows it. I have always had great support from my loving family - parents Margaret and Douglas (RIP), elder brother Chris and my twin brother Jez. I have many rich life insights based on knowing I have a reduced life expectancy and battling against the odds for over 44 years. My eyes and heart have been opened by my health struggle. I feel empowered to share my life lessons to help anyone with health and life issues to overcome. My passions include Paul Smith clothes, dress shirts (believing that it's enlightening to dress like it's your last day on earth), Alfa Romeo cars, spicey food, Harlequins and England rugby, Southampton FC, Wimbledon village and common, Dorset, seascapes, sunsets and military history. I am available for public speaking on this subject matter and can be contacted via timwottonAThotmailDOTcom. I have written a book 'How have I cheated death?' based on my euphoric countdown year to 40 which was published in 2014 and won the 2015 'Best Achievement' Award at the UK People's Book Prize. It is available via e-book, audiobook and paperback at Amazon and to order from UK bookstores. Go to the relevant sites below or in the UK go to a WH SMITH, Waterstones or Foyles bookstore and give them my name, book title and this ISBN number (9781849637190). It’s also available via GARDNER’S, BERTRAM’S, AUSTINMACAULEY.COM, BLACKWELL’S, PLAY.COM, AMAZON.CO.UK AND AMAZON.COM
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11 Responses to All I want for Christmas…

  1. Patricia Ross says:

    What a pity your version can’t be number one for Christmas ! It made me laugh, so thank you. Have a lovely time with your family and I wish you a healthy holiday,
    God Bless, Patricia.

  2. Penny says:

    Have a wonderful Christmas Tim.xx

  3. panda says:

    Hugs and health from across the pond Tim. XXX

  4. Anne Iskander says:

    Hi Tim,
    Your version made me laugh, I do not know if it was intended to make us laugh. It did make me think aswell though.
    I hope you all have a lovely christmas kisses to you all.

    Anne Xx

  5. Rachel Bristow says:

    As ever Tim you are an inspiration. I hope you, Katy & Felix have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Lots of love Rachelxx

  6. Louise Banks says:

    Wishing you a happy Christmas from the CF Trust, we will work to find a better treatment and even a cure in 2012. Thanks for your blogs in 2011, looking forward to reading more in 2012..


  7. Lucy Law says:

    Merry Christams to you all from the Laws xxxx

  8. Lucy Law says:

    or even …Christmas !! xxx

  9. Lesley P says:

    Merry Christmas to you and all your family Tim. Enjoy. God bless. xxx

  10. bellab85 says:

    I hope you had a lovely Christmas!
    We are an Australian family, and my youngest son (now 2.5yrs) has CF, and while in a few years time, he will most likely be singng a similar tune as you…right now, I am the one wishing for better health for him.

    Fingers crossed for some good news in CF research in 2012!!

  11. Ruth says:

    Love to you all, great words Timmy you put life in real perspective and remind us of what is really important to one and all.xxxx

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