Lying in a hospital bed, being fed through my nose, breathing through a hole in my neck and 15lbs of weight attached to a metal halo screwed into my head.
A team of doctors approached..
When I was 10, my father went bankrupt. We lost so much, but in the process we learned a great deal. We had to make our Christmas presents and share a car with a family who generously let us borrow theirs from time to time...READ MORE
After losing my mum, our family home and income, all within 4 months of each other, I suffered terribly with anxiety. I was told by a friend to read, The Secret.
I was terrified of public speaking!
But I realised if I wanted to serve more people, I would need to take the opportunity when it was presented
to me....READ MORE
In school I was told I was useless, too stupid to learn! My confidence was shattered and I left school with no qualifications. I couldn’t even look people in the eye....READ MORE
Losing my mum of a heart attack was a devastating blow. But it was compounded when my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the same month....READ MORE
Life was a roller coaster when I was younger. Turbulent and un-certain times were caused when my father up and left. My mother lived on a tough estate where crime was commonplace...
The biggest challenge I have overcome is definitely been my negative self-talk.
I had a less than perfect upbringing and school-life.
I spent 11 years in hospital on dialysis.
I would have died without a kidney transplant. It was my brother that saved me.
I’m originally from Greece, my wife is from France and we dreamed of living in North America, but it just didn’t work out practically. We missed our family!
My childhood was one of sickness, sudden weight loss and tiredness.
It became normality, but no one could provide a diagnosis.
My parents split up when I was younger and that was traumatic, as both could be opposite sides of the world. It was lonely at times, but you can sulk in sadness or you can do something about it.
Looking after my dad everyday for 24 hours a day was tough. He was a true hardworking Scotsman, delivering coal in the morning, selling ice cream in the afternoon and driving taxis by night...
In China, education is so important, and so is selecting a university. In Shanghai the links to the city of Liverpool are magnetic. However the nerves of doing something so frightening, to move away meant I was undecided....READ MORE
Vulva cancer! I’d never heard of it! And each time I thought I was free, it came back. 5 times in total, until pretty much every part of my body that made me feel like a woman was removed
I was born with a growth on my spine, and in what should have been a routine operation to remove it, went horribly wrong. I was left paralysed from the waist down.....READ MORE
It's been almost 2 years to the day that my health took a turn for the worst.
I was driving through London and realised that I couldn't see properly in one eye.....READ MORE
I climbed up Moel Famau, Wales, today with this man James and his son, Brandon.He's raising money for spinal research after his brother was paralysed in a car accident.....READ MORE
I met George in Manchester when I was at a speaking event. Moral of the story commit 100% to what you want.
My dream was skating, but in the Czech Republic, in my village there were only medieval buildings...
Having worked hard for an education including a master’s degree, at the end of it all - I had nothing to show for it.
No matter how many jobs I applied for, the answer was no!...READ MORE
I grew up as a young lad drawn to a life of crime. It was the violence, money and danger. Although living that life cost me
Anyone who has lived with people with mental health challenges, understands the ups and downs. My partner suffered terribly, and the impact it can have is profound......READ MORE
Much of my life has been dedicated to bringing up my 2 children as a virtual single mum. Being in relationship with a gambling addict was challenging at times.....READ MORE
From mental health breakdown, diagnosed ADHD and suffering post natal depression after the birth of his son, Mark has been through it all.
Aged 29, I became addicted to heroin. I lived a lie trying to function whilst raising my two kids, but drugs led to crime and crime to prison. I lost everything. ..
I was diagnosed with a rare genetic on my 31st Birthday. I was told I was going blind! It's every father's dream to see their children grow up and watch sports days. I would not have that chance....READ MORE
I never dreamt that at the age of 31 I would be a widow with a 4 year-old daughter. Dave had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and after 18 months he passed away at home.
Anxiety has always effected me. But the main challenge was the people I hung around with. My friends at the time would argue and I would always be involved. It was volatile! I couldn’t sleep properly!....READ MORE
Alcohol and domestic violence were part of my family. Seeing my mum battered and bruised and left in some horrible states, affected me both at home and in school. ....READ MORE
I made a decision a couple of years back to leave a job I loved in the NHS – To create a social enterprise that brings people together to inspire, innovate and share knowledge.....READ MORE
Aged 21 and fresh out of college, I decided to hitchhike to India to study the various religions there. I also wanted the adventure! Running short of money in Istanbul I acted on a tip.....READ MORE
In 2008 I faced a challenging time, with a business that was failing.
It was a sickening feeling to lay people off after being left in a position of near bankruptcy....READ MORE
Some years can be challenging, but during the last year, three members of my family were diagnosed with cancer, including my husband. It’s a devastating period of uncertainty
When you build a business, it becomes more than just a job; it’s a creation. But after 18 years, we experienced the betrayal from those we trusted. The result was near bankruptcy and losing our business.....READ MORE
My wife became disabled whilst giving birth to our son. She is my best friend so this hit us hard. Then at the age of 2, our son was diagnosed with severe autism....READ MORE
My daughter, Sianagh (left) was born 10 weeks early with no left arm, collarbone or shoulder blade. Her chance of survival was limited when her lungs collapsed....READ MORE
I couldn’t boil an egg, I burned the toast, but when my wife was diagnosed with MS, my life changed...