It Is A High Mountain

It is a high mountain.

From taking of notes, to a 100 page book is a difficult climb. It is like viewing a picturesque scene. We see a mountain range. As we become nearer to it, it becomes evident the peaks are further away than imagined. The climb begins and we realise getting to the summit is going to be a long process. From a distance it seems the advance will take a day. The reality is in fact weeks of endeavour is needed to reach the summit.

I have climbed the mountain ‘Second Chance’ is now complete.

The process was far more involved than imagined. The next time you enter a book shop, consider you are looking at a mountain range, when you pick up the book you are at the bottom of the climb and the writer has had to plan and map the route.  He or she has to write, edit, write some more. Prune again, grow some more and then the writer realises there is an important aspect missing and another chapter is added. At some point the writer has to stop or the book will never be finished. There is much more to write and common sense say’s ‘The reader will understand’. When the decision is made, the writer is at the summit. The view from the top is spectacular. Now the flag needs to be unravelled, an announcement made. People will buy the book, read it, recommend it, buy it as a gift. It is written for everyone who is seriously ill and facing major surgery. It is also written for the family and friends of those who are ill.

My book ‘Second Chance’ it is a true story. A real life experience and a complex one. At some point during the writing of ‘Second Chance’ I realised how many people are involved in the story. It is humbling, thought provoking, enlightening to consider the incredible kindness and dedication of those who worked to give me my second chance of life. Certain ways of thinking about the different aspects have to be expressed in a clear way which can be understood. Aspects such as the donor, transplant team, family, recovery, finances are all part of the story and one has, to some degree become emotionally separated from the events so the ideas have an impact and are thought provoking. As a result the book is written, re-written, proofread and amended. I am amazed to discover the proofreader, does not get the manuscript word perfect first, second or even third time around. If you are a writer you’ll understand this.

The objective was for ‘Second Chance’ to fulfil a purpose. It is a body of ideas, which combine the emotional, personal aspects with the hard facts. A lady asked me ‘Campbell, I’m awaiting a transplant, how do you cope with the tragedy of the donors death?’ The answer to her question is found within the book. Not as a definitive answer (this cannot be possible) there is a subjective opinion. The essence of which is life is precious and survival is within the core of every humans psyche. It is my personal feeling, a seed of thought, a meditation. ‘Second Chance’ is not a hand book of recovery. The book does not offer miracle cures or definitive answers. It is a book of thanks, celebration of life, determination to overcome fear. My book is about, love, friendship and human resolve. My words are intentionally forthright, serious illness is not a game, reality and facing facts are powerful medicines.

You are able to download ‘Second Chance’ from the link below. Click on the book image it will take you to kindle. The paperback copy will be available shortly. If you wish to be informed with regard to availability email me at campbell-wallace@hotmail.com .

See you soon – Live well

Campbell

Campbell Wallace

Book Update

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Campbell Wallace ~ Second Chance

The daily question is ‘When will your book be available Campbell?’ The answer is ~ Second Chance will be available to download from the Amazon Kindle Platform in ten days time. The paperback version will be available from Amazon worldwide two days later. Signed copies and limited editions can be purchased from myself either at the shows I attend or through our shop – Click the red link!

The slight delay is due to a slight change in format and two extra chapters which I felt were essential to the book.

What is Second Chance about?

The book is in two parts. The first is my wife Carol’s and my own personal perspective of the journey from illness to health. I felt it was essential for the reader to get an impression of how one feels and deals with the realisation that one may forever be dependant on intensive health care and, the kindness and goodwill of family and friends. It is amazing how we recall these difficult moments of our lives. As I revisited the journey I realised there was so much more than a memory my illness and transplant could offer. I needed an independent input, so…

Carol was tasked to write a chapter of her feelings and observations of the illness from beginning to transplant. If I may say so, Carols insight makes the book! You will discover what I mean by this when you read her chapter. So the first part is a personal and in truth emotional recollection of my illness. The book needed more! I desired for my illness to have a purpose. Yes, a purpose, I felt the book could go further, much further. I began to think about the people, the other patients, the transplant team and of course the donor. These thoughts became…

Part Two

Part two has become more than half of the book. There are no facts and figures. Comments on procedures or possibilities for the future. It is six chapters which will allow those who are ill, facing surgery of any degree, to work with the illness and open their mind to how they can make the journey a little easier. Part two is not a hand book of health and cures, far from it. It is a series of thoughts and ideas which will help to clarify the confusions. Part one leaves the reader in no doubt of the emotional difficulties, concerns and aspects of my illness. Part two guides the reader to how I resolved the situation within my mind. I feel the book will have a purpose to everyone who encounters disease.

What Now?

The interest in my book has astounded me and I thank you for your patience. There will be another post in seven days time when I will publish a few extracts from ‘Second Chance’. Any questions I can be contacted from this link campbell-wallace@hotmail.com