Getting married, let alone just celebrating my 12th wedding anniversary with Katie via a trip to see the Seven Sisters coastline in East Sussex!
Having a healthy son (Felix is now 8 yrs old)
Playing hockey and cricket with my own son.
Going to the gym and not feeling completely out of place in relation to the fitness of the other gym incumbents.
Playing league hockey for my 30th consecutive year.
Helping so many people in the UK and around the world with my writing (this blog and my book) and through other media.
Being a published author with my memoir ‘How have I cheated death?’ and seeing my book in Waterstones and recently winning a book award (in May I won the Best Achievement award at the UK People’s Book Prize)
Being closer to 45 than 40.
Meeting an active and fit CFer who is nearly 60 (#JerryCahillCFLegend)
Sharing my views on ‘bucket lists’ with terminally ill Rowena Kincaid for a BBC TV documentary ‘Before I kick the bucket’ (for the record, I don’t keep a bucket list but enjoy the small things every day)
Using my pigeon Spanish to respond to people in Brazil and Argentina on Facebook who saw a short documentary about me which recently appeared (with Brazilian Portuguese voiceover) on the popular Brazilian programme ‘Domingo Espetacular’. A man called Souza Carlos told me on Facebook: “I just saw your interview. Man, you’re a winner. Congratulations!”
Saying “the music was better in the 1980’s” (OK, that’s a trick one. I’ve been saying this line since 1st January 1990!)
Exclaiming “What’s 4 extra tablets a day when I’m already swallowing 40!” on hearing that a possible new drug ‘Orkambi’ comes in pill format.
Commenting not in jest and with much passion, “I love peas and lentils.”
Being mindful of appreciating each day and making a tangible difference to those around me.
Finding a way to manage my daily health demands with a demanding business role.
Feeling moments of complete and unadulterated contentment with the pure joy of life.
Being at peace with myself, my illnesses and with the world.
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 (on the right hand side tab) if you have not already done so.
Yours cup half full.
Tim Wotton (CF author)
In other news
My CF memoir is now available as an Audio Book with a voiceover by JP Nicholas. Check it out here.
* Cystic Fibrosis is one of the UK’s most common life threatening inherited diseases, affecting over 10,000 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.