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I have now been told by my most excellent Neurologist that I will never regain the cognitive function that I once had. That the treatment is still fizzing in my brain so I may well get worse before things start to settle. Certainly that I should lower my expectations for ever being able to fulfil any form of meaningful employment. But I hate the word never. I was told that I would never beat the brain tumour and here I am. I am determined that my neurologist will never have cause to say never to me again so although the future is far from certain I am going to beat this new beast of neurological dysfunction.

The future is far from certain but I am going to beat this new beast. I am going to train the brain. I am going to start with some of the brain training activities on the dementia website while trying to learn to play golf, to play the pipe organ, to juggle, to dance, to communicate through drama, to laugh again and to walk as many miles as I can in search of peace.

There are certainly times, long times, almost every day when I feel mentally and physically exhausted and as if I am paddling hard against the tide, close, so very close to capsizing and at times am utterly convinced that despite all the effort, I am going backwards, that I am losing this battle with the brain, but I am going to keep going and am never ever going to give up. I have learned so very much on this journey and want to share that knowledge with as many people as I can to encourage strategic eating and strategic exercise as part of a balanced daily lifestyle in order to prevent disease from ever happening in the first place and, if it strikes, I want to encourage eating and exercising strategically in reinforcement to the wonders of modern medicine in order to greatly improve expected outcomes. But to do that successfully I have to develop a platform from which people will start to listen to me. I have learned the hard way that people and in particular the media will not listen to Archie Douglas. I have no initials in front of my name or after my name that might provide me with some gravitas, a sense that I am worth listening too. I have achieved very little that might peak some interest. I am just Archie Douglas, a guy who beat his brain tumour. So this journey and my new challenge to beat the new beast of neurological dysfunction is going to be a long one.


What’s The Challenge?

A small number of people were listening though sceptical when I was talking about my simple balanced daily lifestyle as a way to prevent disease from happening and, if stricken with disease, as a way to reinforce the wonders of modern medicine in order to improve the outcomes of treatment. I had many offers of help in the provision of activities to help me succeed in my venture and in trying to raise awareness but I attracted no media attention despite these efforts because I had failed to prove the concept of strategic eating and exercising in my balanced daily lifestyle as a way of defeating disease. But now I have beaten the brain tumour I should be able to raise awareness of my concept further.

However, as soon as I admitted that the brain tumour, the treatment and each and every epileptic seizure, not my lifestyle, had left me with damage to the brain, that I suffered from the neurological dysfunctions listed earlier I noticed that offers of help dried up. That appeals for help were met, for the first time, with a frank but apologetic No. I have discovered that people are just so very nervous of the uncertainty neurological dysfunction can bring. The fact that I can and do still climb hills and walk or cycle long distances on my own or with my wife with no dramas is not reassurance enough. There is uncertainty about the truth or logic behind every word that I utter. The Health and Safety red card is raised as a most excellent reason for saying, ‘so terribly sorry but you would not be covered under our insurance policy because you do not meet the requirements of the health and safety risk assessment.’ Perhaps my balanced daily lifestyle is just too easy and simple for anybody to be able to believe and trust, partly perhaps, because it contains no exotic lotions or potions or diplodotions.

So my challenge is to find a way to break through the many barriers that mental ill health presents and to keep up my fight to train my own brain in order to be able to cast off the shackles of neurological dysfunction and get back to work, while trying to save the lives and improve the life chances of as many people as I can by convincing as many as I can to start to live their lives according to my balanced daily lifestyle, while convincing as many people as I can to sponsor me, even if for just £1.00 a month in order to support the Disasters Emergency Committee in their mission to save as many lives as they can and rebuild as many lives as they can at the times that people need support the most. At times of disaster.

So sponsoring me is challenging me to find the resolve to get up, get out there and make the most out of each and every day I am blessed with in order to ‘Live Life to try and Beat the Beast while helping to improve the Lives and Life Chances of so many more people!! ’