Speaking

I love to tell this story!

It just never fails.

It always lifts the spirits of every audience that hears it.

There is nothing bigger in this world than the possibility of losing your life. If you have faced up to that, there is little else that can touch you. So I don’t just tell it as a survival story, I always end by sharing with everybody the wonderful perspective I now have.
I should have died in 2002, not just once but many times, so how can I complain about anything now. Everything has been a bonus for me since then. I can fill a room with how easily we all forget how lucky we actually are. I wasn’t until I was lying in intensive care, without the use of them, before I realized all the amazing things my two hands and 10 fingers did every day. And they were just the simple things like scratching my nose or lifting a cup of coffee to my lips.
I remind everybody of that perspective. The lost contract can be replaced, the crashed car can be repaired, even the prison sentence can be served. We skip over all of the amazing little things our bodies do every day to take us to those so-called problems. But if you are dead you have a real problem!
None of us have to look too far to find people who are far more unfortunate than we are, no matter where we are in the world. But we lose sight of them.
If you are bankrupt you look at the person in the wheelchair. If you are in a wheelchair you look at the person with depression. If you have depression you look at the person living in the war zone. If you live in a war zone you look at the person in prison. If you are in prison you look at the person who is suicidal because they are bankrupt.
I will never let myself lose sight of again of how truly blessed I am to be alive and well. I now see more with one eye, than I did before with two!

I have spoken at cancer conferences, corporate events, at schools of all levels, at universities and at a variety of social gatherings. I have appeared on national radio and television many times in Ireland, the U.K. and in the U.S.

I am happy to consider any invitation to come and tell this story. I do not charge! That is not what I am here for. There is a lot more to life than money. The fact that I am still here to be able to encourage all those coming after is a far greater reward.

The first item on the News page is a recording of the first time I told the story on national radio in Ireland, with Ryan Tubridy, one of the biggest personalities on both radio and television in Ireland. 
And the second item on the News page is my third radio interview in the U.S. with the great Elvis Rico in Arizona.