TIM Talk

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.

Wantage B Homepage

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

Tim Wotton (author of Award-Winning CF Memoir ‘How have I cheated death?’)

* 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.


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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6 Responses to TIM Talk

  1. Danny says:

    Keep up the good work Tim

  2. Angie says:

    Seriously Tim really really wish I was doing as good as you. I’ve been diabetic nearly 32years c.f. a further 20. At clinic Wed there I’ve lost anor 3 to 4lbs if my size 6 7stone frame 5ft. Diaherria last 3 to 4 weeks. Cough bad very dark some blood. Lung functions way below 40%.

    I do all of this with very very little support just an elderly father who’s memory is not what it was at 85 in 2 weeks.

    There is only him and me in the world plus my dogs who are my babies and the reason I get up in the morning.

    Do i complain about it no I do not. I don’t have the luxury of kid wife extended family etc etc.

    Wake up and smell the coffee and realise how VERY VERY lucky u are. Rant over.

    • Tim Wotton says:

      Thanks for taking time to write in and I hope (as with anyone with CF and diabetes) that you stay as well as possible and improve with new meds in the future.
      This blog is as much for the non-CF community as the actual people affected by CF, and I try my hardest not to come across as preachy and triumphant. My CF and diabetes is no picnic and we all work hard each day to keep from falling off the ledge. There’s not been one part of my life that’s been handed to me on a plate. I don’t recall complaining about it as that’s not my way, just like you.
      As for needing to smell the coffee, I think that was insensitive and way too harsh Angie. I have lost 100’s of CF friends including all my former best friends and over 80 IV treatments is testimony to the fact the my version of CF is chronic.
      I respect you as I do anyone with our rotten illness and wish you a happy and healthy future.
      Best wishes

  3. Denise Exon says:

    Well done Tim. That is great. Lovely catching up with Katie recently xxxx

    Sent from my iPad


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