The mantra for my life.


When things go wrong as they often will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with it’s twists and turns, As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out,
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow,
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the cloud of doubt,
And you can never tell how close you are.
It may be near when it seems so far
So stick to the fight, when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit!

I wanted to share the above with you. I came across this verse, after I had been diagnosed back in 2007. Sue and I were out walking and we came across a church in the middle of nowhere. At the back of the church were some verses which you could purchase for a donation.
I saw the above, and it was like it was put there just for me!!

It actually summed up my attitude to life, but seeing it written, was a powerful thing for me. It reminded me how strong I had to be. I took a copy with me into my isolation unit, while I was having my stem cell transplant. There were times when I never thought I would make it. Still there are times when I wonder what is coming round the corner each time I visit the hospital.

I have faced so many set backs in recent years, but learned to rely on my mental strength, that had helped me stay at the top of my industry, whilst I was working.I do wonder at times, how much determination I have left. Each time I think I have reached the top of a hill, I see another one in front of me. Sometimes even the most basic of tasks seems like a massive challenge, but I have a fabulous team with me. My family, friends and health professionals give me the encouragement I need.

Maybe you might find the above verse useful too. I do hope so. As I have mentioned previously, please feel free to leave any comments on the blog, as they will provide encouragement to others. Also please let me know if there is any particular subject that you would like me to write about, as it is your blog as much as mine.


  1. Hi Chris

    Thanks for the inspiring quote on your blog today.

    Just watched the programme online, and very much enjoyed it. You are a very private and self-effacing person, so that whole adventure can’t have been easy. But your story really came across, and that’s a very important message to convey in today’s fast-moving world.

    You did good, Chris. You were yourself, and that spoke volumes. Well done for an honest, inspiring and sincere contribution.


    • Hi LH. Pleased you enjoyed the programme. I thought it was edited brilliantly, and was a great showcase for what I do.I am fortunate to get to do a lot of high profile work now, after spending a few years looking for a new direction, and I only have one style, which is from the heart.I speak the same way to everyone I see.With or without cameras, famous, or regular people.Having the prognosis I had, removed any fear from my life, so I work with freedom.
      It was very humbling to have laid out in front of you the effects that you have on peoples lives. I am a good giver but a bad taker!
      Really pleased you like the blog.It is being read all over the world now, which is great. Thank you sincerely for your comments which encourage me and others in this work

  2. Hi Chris, I’m not sure if you can get this, but do respond if you can. I’m Gordon, your old mate from Roan School. The last time I saw you was at my wedding 25 years ago! Fancy meeting for a drink and a chat about the old days? cheers!

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