Exciting news… I have been invited to speak and promote my Cystic Fibrosis (CF)* book at the Wantage Betjeman Literary Festival in late October. Find out more…
A life battling the chronic conditions of CF and diabetes is full of challenge, heartache, frustration and pain. However, defying these illnesses every day has brought me a tremendous perspective on life, what to appreciate and what to let go.
It has also given me the golden opportunity of sharing my survival knowhow with others via all mediums. As well as this blog and my award-winning book ‘How have I cheated death?’, I am now an international public speaker at charities, government, pharmaceuticals and in the private sector.
Thanks to my elder brother Chris for recommending me to the organisers. It is a real honour for me to be speaking at my first literary festival in the afternoon of 25 October in Wantage (near Oxford).
Please click here to find out more about this renowned book festival and my speaking slot – if you are able to visit Wantage that day or can share with others, it would be lovely to have you there for what promises to be a special occasion.
Not only is it my first book event, I will have my dear mum Margaret, my brother Chris, family and friends in the audience. There’s no chance of me making anything up this time!
This is the blurb for my event:
‘Tim truly appreciates that life is fragile and precious. Born with the killer illness cystic fibrosis, he spends every day overcoming adversity against all odds. He typifies the resilience required to endure what cannot be cured while managing a normal family life and making every day feel extraordinary. Tim’s story ‘How have I cheated death?’ is a candid, funny and thought-provoking tale of the unexpected.’
The Dalai Lama said, ‘It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.’ I couldn’t agree more…
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
* Cystic Fibrosis is one of the UK’s most common life threatening inherited diseases, affecting over 10,500 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.