DIAGNOSIS, STRATEGIES TO HELP: Immediately after being (mis)diagnosis as having ALS, our biggest dilemma was how to tell our young children, nine & seven. How would we ease them in to this new picture; prepare them for losing a parent and at the same time protect them from any sudden anxiety?
DIAGNOSIS, STRATEGIES TO HELP: Your challenge is huge and you’re going to need help, and so don’t hold back – there will be people around you who can help and want to help. At the same time, don’t leave things to chance, be clear on what help you need as it may not be obvious to other people (and mind reading is somewhat unreliable).
DIAGNOSIS, STRATEGIES TO HELP: Within a few days of being diagnosed, I quickly realised that there’s a difference in mind set between 1. Choosing to live well in the short time I had left, and 2. Choosing to live well with a vision of a longer future…
DIAGNOSIS, STRATEGIES TO HELP: Importantly, dealing in possibilities is to not resign to a prescribed fate, but instead subscribe to a belief that there are always exceptions to the rule, and then take action to do everything you can do, regardless of the odds.
DIAGNOSIS, STRATEGIES TO HELP: If you’re having a bad day, i.e. your heart’s heavy, your head’s down and/or you’re in pain, then acknowledge it for what it is and move on.
A friend of mine is a health expert based in Queensland, Australia. He recommended a simple strategy; understand the pattern and then challenge it.
On the desert highway, Ruapehu displays with storm-like gesture. Ominous and awesome.
Spaces like these connect people to eachother and the riches of the environment they live in.
Mayday Riots, London, 2001
In the backstreets of Bangkok, fighters of many nationalities train for the ring.
Nepal. Some places are so captivating, that they etch in to the memory a desire for a return visit.
Racing finished, sails down and boats on their moorings… then to the pub.