The Epiphany

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Not being in employment on diagnosis meant I had no job to go back to and knew that in reality it was going to be hard to convince an employer to take me on with a lingering brain tumour when stood alongside the alternative ‘healthy’ candidate. To add insult to injury it became abundantly clear that I had to hand over the reins as the de facto CEO of the Future Nation Foundation as my diagnosis and treatment was holding back any offers of funding for a new not for profit organisation. I could remain as an ambassador to the organisation but what else therefore could I do to make sure I made the most out of every day God gave me? Rattling away in the brain was a quote I remembered my grandmother used to recite to me as a route to health and happiness and even wrote in the book of common prayer she gave me on the day of my confirmation. Not being able to remember the wording of the quote exactly I fetched the book and opened it up:

“Go forth in to the world. Be of good courage; Render to no man evil for evil; Strengthen the faint hearted; Support the weak; Help the afflicted; Honour all men; Love and Serve the Lord in the power of the Holy Spirit”

Wow – that got the brain working and when sat at the desk mulling this guidance over I saw the box of cards my son’s Godfather had given him for comfort and inspiration as I went in for my brain surgery. I opened the box and looked at the top card:

“Do all the Good you can by all the Means you can, in all the Places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can , for as long as ever you can.” John Wesley

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It became clear that I was to raise as much money as I could by all the means I could, in all the places I could, at all the times I could for as many people as I could for as long as ever I could. I was to become a fundraiser by asking everybody to sponsor me for up to £1.00 for every day in which I was able to find the strength and energy to complete a physical activity such as walking, cycling or paddling a named route or hill or climbing a named pitch or even trying a sport that will challenge my cognitive and motor coordination to help develop my left brain as a backup generator, or doing a conservation day to help improve our local environments, or taking the time to have a cup of tea with somebody who might be lonely or sad or other charitable work or a combination of tasks. As I grew in strength I could even make the challenge partly expeditionary and start to take it around the UK in order to raise awareness of the challenge to all the people I could so I could walk, cycle, climb, paddle, sport or do good deeds 5 days a week, 4 weeks a month for as long as ever I could.