Second Chance

 

It has taken some time and although I have encountered few slight setbacks and delays ‘Second Chance’ is now available from Amazon in its paperback form.  Before I write further allow me to recap upon where ‘Second Chance’ is available. My book can be downloaded from Kindle or purchased as a paperback from Amazon books. Links are at the bottom of the static page of this WordPress site and the picture below will take you to Amazon.

Link to Amazon
Click on the cover to Link to Amazon

Sometimes we have to shout up! So allow me to post three unedited review’s received on the Amazon platform

A book is a difficult proposition. There are three obstacles – one is writing it, two is getting it into print – three is promoting it. Once steps one and two are complete the most difficult of all step three takes over completely. The writer is in the hands of the reader who has read the book.  He needs reviews and shares to make the book a success. It is my desire that, ‘Second Chance’ becomes a success not for a personal financial gain (although I’m not saying a few extra pounds would not go amiss!) The success I desire is for the messages my book has within its chapters.

We have to face the hard truth that we may be within a serious illness at some time in our life journey. There is also the probability that someone we love or know has to go through a long period of illness which will involve the inevitable tests to diagnose the problem and then may have to undergo one or more surgical procedures. This is why the book was written, not for myself, not for someone who has a passing interest in transplant surgery, but for everyone who is suffering a serious illness and is facing surgery of any type.

There are no miracle cures within this book, not every answer is given. In truth there is little no information or description of the tests or in-depth information with regard to any aspect of illness!  You may ask ‘Why not?’ I will answer ‘Because every illness is slightly different, each will be carried for in a different way’. What can be discovered within the pages are ways of making an illness easier to cope with. From my actual and all to real experience I can talk of the real certainties that need to be faced and how one can by clear appraisal work with ones illness, not ‘fight it’ – ‘understand it’.

If you know someone who is ill, if you know someone who is awaiting surgery or if you would like to enter into how I worked with and became well again ‘Second Chance’ will proved answers to important questions.

Allow me to show you an image – This is me in February 2012 – So you are under no doubt I will comment that I did not believe I had long to live.

Me Feb 2012

Below is the result of miracle of transplant surgery and our Health Service.

Me in 2015

The journey, the illness, the love which surrounds me can be found between the two pictures. You can read the factual story of my ‘Second Chance’.

I humbly ask you to share this post. I ask you share the post on FaceBook. Even if you do not know me you may know someone who is facing their own ‘Second Chance’.

Live Life Well

Campbell

Looking Back

Looking Back
Looking Back

When I wrote ‘Second Chance’ it was in truth a cathartic exercise.  I asked myself ‘Did this actually happen to me?’  From wellness to illness and then to be given a reprieve takes some thinking about. Especially when I consider people who become ill and do not win the battle for life, I often asked why I was the one who survived and there were others who did not.

It is an interesting thought. We all lose friends and family, it is inevitable. At the time there are feelings of injustice, why him? Why her? Then we have to reconcile the loss, for some this seems to be an impossible task. It is the process of life and by accepting not fighting this inevitability we become more able to work through these difficult moments.

When I faced the almost inevitable conclusion that I was going to die. I looked at my family, friends and those unknown humans that passed by and realised that it was possible that these incredible connections would soon be closed to my eyes and ears. This is a dark and lonely place. This feeling of separation, it is like the connecting gap between your own being and theirs is widening.

The most difficult month was the December before my transplant. I had previously received two calls to go to the hospital as there were lungs available for transplant and on both these occasions it was decided by the team the transplant was not going to happen.

So I entered the darkest hour, the silent and reflective moments before the dawn. In this darkness I thought of the fact there had been two potential transplants and what possibility for a third? The odds were against me and, of course I was as always fully aware that a tragedy would have to occur for me to have a second chance.

In all probability I was not going to make it. My health was slipping and the equation was against me. You have to be fit enough to undergo the surgery and being as ill as I was the balance of possibility was quickly becoming weighted against me. If you wish to know what a condemned man is thinking in his final hours ask me, for I believe I know. It is a reflection upon all that has been before, the rights, the wrongs, the sadness and more than anything the happiness. It is the great moment of life which see you through. The poor moments are the ones which make you angry! The lesson learnt here has never left me and it makes me enjoy my life to the full, every second, minute and hour. Waste not one, because in the time you look back you will discover the moments you have wasted, arguing, fighting, making the wrong choices will be the ones that make your perspective of life change, and for many there is no possibility to make amends.

In this silence, darkness and despondency I realised that we have to go into deep and fearful depressions. We have to enter a place in the mind where our fears overwhelm our hopes. It is to me like the athlete who has two miles to go on his training route. All of his friends are enjoying their lives, eating what they like, neglecting their bodies and the runner is in the rain, the evening is setting in, its has been a hard day at work and here he is, alone, running and hurting, in training for a race that he may not win.

In my darkness there were guiding lights. Carol, my family and friends. They are the like stars in the sky navigators use. They draw you back, calm you down, pull you out of the darkness. I am certain we become stronger, more understanding when returning from the stillness of fear. Especially if we do not fight it, go with it see where it takes you. Strange thing is, fear becomes tired with those who do not fight it.

If you look back in life, see the good. Your inner bing knows all about the difficulties. Realise that to enter situations where anger or frustration is the outcome are wasteful of your life. Do not make excuses, move on, love what you have do not concern yourself with things you can do nothing about. I can write, not from a place of speculation, I can write from a place of certainty that happiness and love truly are the precious jewels. No diamond sparkles like life. No wealth can cure death. If you take one lesson from me today it is this. Enjoy your life and I mean life, breath, the world around you. Take advantage of what I experienced. Yes, it was difficult but I know this much, in your darkest hour, you are becoming stronger, not weaker. Night turns to day we continue our journey. Always give yourself a Second Chance.

If you click on the link to my book at the bottom of this page, you will be able to read the reviews. They humble me and give me an incredible feeling of well-being. Thank you all for downloading and reading my book. For those of you who want the paperback, please email me with your information and I will inform you when it is available. If you have any questions about fear or how to live with serious illness email me and it is possible I that I will post the answer on this WordPress site.

Live Well – Campbell

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

Campbell Wallace Second Chance B:C
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

Proofreading

60th Birthday

Here I am at a special land mark. Sixty years of life. You can see from the picture my physical shape was non to good. Look below at the cover picture of my soon to be published book the changes are incredible.

Campbell Wallace Second Chance B:C
Campbell Wallace Second Chance B:C

Patience is an asset needed when waiting for a transplant. So much depends on other people and their expertise. Here is the lesson for you all today. If you want something to be good sometimes you have to let the experts take control and you have to have the patience to allow them to do their work. When I raced rally cars much of the victory was in the preparation. Watching gifted drivers lose the race because the car is poorly prepared is a sorry experience even though the desire is to beat them! It is exactly like life. Enter the race poorly prepared or before the foundations are deep enough there may well be problems ahead.

Many of the chapters in ‘Second Chance’ can be tough reading, remember though I wrote it for those who may have to face a major challenge. To win when life is pretty good is difficult. To win when the odds are beginning to stack up needs strength and patience. Strength comes from the inner being, family and friends is the preparation.  The power of patience, clear understanding and faith in the wisdom of those who care is the race.

The proofreader is saying no later than the 14th May for my final read through, hopefully non to many changes and the book will be on Kindle and available from Amazon as a paperback as soon as the final tweaks are made. If you are going to write a book think about a commitment of a year and the time scale will be near. I’ll guide you to one real lesson. Never rush the proofreader.