Speaking

 I love to tell this story! 

It just never fails. It always lifts the spirits of every audience that hears it.

And I don’t charge! How could I? I am extremely honored to still be here to be able to turn this story on its head by helping anybody who must go down the road I have traveled. That, I believe, is the true obligation every cancer survivor has been handed. The chance to inspire purely just as you are. For some reason, some are chosen to survive and others are not. It is no more than the luck of the draw. But what has been given to you for free only retains its integrity by being given back for free.

That is the only legacy I want to leave behind me.

There is nothing bigger in this world than the possibility of losing your life. All I have done is gone to the very edge of my life when it looked to be a certainty there was no way back. All I want to do is pass on all the little techniques I used to stay strong. I made sure the fight never ended. I saw that as my role and without that attitude I would not be here today. It was my piece in the jigsaw. If you have faced up to your likely death and been able to handle it, there is nothing left in this world to touch you. I was incredibly strong after that.

But I don’t just tell it as a survival story. I always like to finish end by sharing the great perspective on life I now have.
I should have died, many times, in 2002, so how can I complain now. Everything has been a wonderful bonus for me since then. I can connect everybody in the room with how easily we all forget how lucky we really are. I wasn’t until I was lying in intensive care, now that I was 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. Every day we skip over all of the amazing little things our bodies do and complain because out cappuccino is cold! But take away your hands, or your eyes, or your speech, or your life and then tell me the cappuccino is a 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. If, by telling it, it does good to just one person who hears it, then I have done my job. I ave not let down the wonderful legacy of being handed this story in the first place. I truly appreciate what it means to be alive and well and know what my story would have done for me had I come across it 16 years ago. 

Nothing beats the inspiration that come from somebody who has done what you now need to do. And there are very few cancer cases worse than mine.

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 Rick Ochoa in Arizona.