Defined by my actions

Happen on Life or Life will happen on you –
Having said that life happened on me, and it did so in a bloody big way.

Defeating the stats of certain death – and becoming part of the cure equation in a cancer that cannot be beaten – until now.
So let’s get facts upfront and out of the way from the get go – It’s an unenviable list of credits to have aligned to my name
2002 – Belspalsy
2008 – Anaphylactic Shock after eating prawns I collapsed not able to breath
2010 – Diverticulitis – lucky , no cancer
2012 – I crash in a cycle race an break my Neck at the C6 leaving me paralysed down my right side from head to hip for 9 months
2013 – The Kangaroo – yip first ride back on my bike I have a head on with a big Roo-
2016 – Cholangiocarcinoma and it’s terminal, average survival is just 6.7months and 5 yr survival is less than 8%
2017 – An Aneurysm to my main hepatic Artery – I had minutes to live
2017 – 25 hrs of major surgeries.
2017 July – It’s Metastatic & 1%. I now have weeks if not days
2016 – 2018 – 23 Months of intense and debilitating chemo and Immunotherapy including
2017 – August -A Hail Mary pass called Keytruda from Merck in California
2020 – I am the the 1% of the 1% and 1 of only 4 globally to survive and become NED from a Metastatic Cholangio setting

Defined by my actions and the story I am still writing

It was never about how Tough or how Strong. It was always about an unconditional Willingness. Stephen Allan Gamble Holmes

Defined by my story

Defining myself through my story and where I am headed is so so powerful and important to me – having that choice is what drives me.

I have been beaten, raped and left for dead, yet I still live to tell the tale, you do not forget, you cannot forget. These Experiences, Knowledge and Wisdoms are who you become, they give you a sharper perspective on what can be achieved.

In the wash up I would describe myself as the classic modern day ‘Active Lifestyler’ with a good measure of entrepreneurialistic aspirations, which really means I am over 50 and clinging to my diminishing youth.

Living on the Gold Coast in Queensland Australia, is a pretty cool place to give life your best go –
I am incredible lucky  to be married  nearly 40 years, with 2 wonder kids.

That’s my story, and I am sure there will be more to add as I move forward.

The one big thing that sticks with me through all this – We all have the full freedom of choice, to live life until our last breath -that/s a pretty empowering thought to prop me up when things get tough.

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Defined by my actions and the story I am still writing