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How Have I Cheated Death? A Short and Merry Life With Cystic Fibrosis
 
 

How Have I Cheated Death? A Short and Merry Life With Cystic Fibrosis [Kindle Edition]

Tim Wotton
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Cystic fibrosis (CF) is one of the UK's most common life-threatening diseases, affecting over 10,000 people. There's currently no cure.
Not all that long ago, a CF diagnosis meant an early death. Tim Wotton is one such sufferer, who was told from an early age that he would not live beyond his 17th birthday. One of the oldest survivors of this crippling disease, How Have I Cheated Death? is a diary of his 39th year, a countdown to the illusive 40.
A story of triumph over adversity, this compelling chronicle, the first book written by a CF sufferer at 40, offers hope and inspiration, demonstrating what cannot be cured needs to be endured. Written with great honesty and humour with an enlightening Foreword by the actress Jenny Agutter, this profound account is a testament to the daily dedication required to deal with CF and recently diagnosed diabetes while managing a normal family life.

About the Author

Born in Southampton in 1971, Tim has lived in South London for the last twenty years and is married to Katie with a son Felix. A first-time book writer, Tim is a full-time communications manager and has played field hockey all his life. His eyes and heart have been opened by his health struggle with cystic fibrosis which has been a huge factor in his life, but not one that defines it.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1416 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers (28 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K0SG2T0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,938 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in Southampton in 1971, Tim Wotton has lived in South London for the last twenty years and is married to Katie with a young son Felix. A first-time book writer, Tim is a full-time employee engagement manager.
He has played sport, particularly field hockey, and tennis all his life and now regularly goes to the gym. Indeed, with great pride, he was a junior hockey English international.
Tim has coped every day of his life with the threatening illness cystic fibrosis and recently diagnosed type 1 diabetes.
Tim has always had great support from his loving family - parents Margaret and Douglas (RIP), elder brother Chris and twin brother Jez. He has many rich life insights based on knowing he has a reduced life expectancy and battling against the odds for over 43 years. He feels empowered to share his life lessons in order to help anyone overcome their health and life issues.
His passions include Paul Smith clothes, dress shirts (believing that it's empowering to dress like it's your last day on earth), Alfa Romeo cars, Harlequins and England rugby, Southampton FC, Wimbledon village and common, Dorset, seascapes, sunsets and military history.
His eyes and heart have been opened by his health struggle which has been a huge factor in his life, but not one that overshadows and defines it.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cystic Fibrosis: Overcoming the odds 17 Aug 2014
Format:Paperback
I have known Tim Wotton for some 20 years now: a fine and knowledgeable sportsman with a genial and engaging personality. If you didn’t know you would have no idea that he suffers from a hugely debilitating condition called Cystic Fibrosis because he is always so positive and upbeat. Before I knew him, I may have heard of Cystic Fibrosis but I didn’t really know what it was about. This book tells you about one man’s psychological battle to keep on top of a relentless condition through a sustained campaign of attritional happiness and positivity.
For me, if you’re a sufferer of CF or a sufferer of another condition which requires lots of medication/treatment and discipline in taking that medicine/doing the treatment, this is a must read. Tim gives so much insight into his coping mechanisms and how he keeps going by channelling positive energy via his many passions in life, including hockey, his family and his friends. It’s an emotional rollercoaster full of sadness and of joy. But the biggest twist in the book is that, ironically enough for such a tough subject, Tim writes in an entertaining way drawing on lots of sporting metaphors from the worlds of hockey, cricket, rugby and boxing. The book is not by any means your 20 20 fast food type cricket. It’s like – and I think Tim would like the parallel – Test cricket in that it delves deep into Tim’s psyche in many parts of his life whilst throwing in lots of 'reverse sweeps' and ‘20 20’ type bits of banter: something for which he is well known for during pre-match, post-match and half-time hockey team gatherings as well as other situations.
Tougher still for Tim is that, having battled CF all his life, he recently learnt that he had diabetes too.
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This is a truly inspirational read, revealing not only the harsh realities of this devastating disease but also the true character of the author. I've known Tim for 10 years or so and he is undoubtedly one of the most honest, caring, witty and devoted people I have had the pleasure of meeting. Always ready with a timely quip or positive half time advice, his outward demeanour belies the cruel and deblitating effects of CF. This book hits so many truths and many of the observations he makes certainly resonate with the readership - I readily admit when I first played hockey with Tim I was surprised we were playing someone who spent several minutes of play doubled over with a coughing fit. I found (cringingly) that I was one of the people in the book that he describes. Yet the moment I found out he has CF, my admiration for him and his approach to life grew exponentially. This book affirms my view of the man and brings home his battle with CF and his fortitude in facing it.

I recently went to watch a game of rugby at Harlequins with Tim and some other hockey pals and he was looking in fine fettle. The details of this book make me realise what it has taken to get him to this point and I hope his continued strength in the face of this adversity allows him to enjoy many more years with his lovely wife Kate and his gorgeous boy Felix.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Worthiest Cheat 14 May 2014
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Having endured Cystic Fibrosis (CF), one of the UK's most virulent but least understood life-threatening diseases for four decades, Tim Wotton shares his incredible story with candid and captivating beauty. How Have I Cheated Death is the diary of his fortieth year, the symbolic life-expectency for those stalked by a largely invisible killer.

The ravages of CF, which causes mutations to genes regulating the production of mucus, sweat and digestive enzymes - some of the body's most primary functions, in other words - constitute an unremitting daily battle to simply stay alive. The author astounds us with the dizzying facts of his existence: the hundreds of pills, nebuliser and physiotherapy sessions week after week; the IV treatments, the groundhog chemist and hospital visits, month after month, year after year.

In the honesty of describing the challenges faced every day in going to work, providing and caring for his family, maintaining a social and once-glittering sporting life Tim really brings home the enormous cruelty of living with CF in wonderfully lucid, whimsical prose.

The inner strength required to meet the ravages of such hardship may be difficult to comprehend, but it's easy to see how the blogs that preceded the book, 'Countdown to 40' and 'Postcards from Earth', continue to number so many thousands of enthralled followers. Courage and charm combine to depict an heroic everyman who in defiance of CF's ruthlessness fights back with words both relentlessly witty and defiantly entertaining.

The book's pleasures are in truth a bitter-sweet treat. Tim's thoughts never wander far from the dozens of CF suffering friends who have succumbed to the disease even as he's managed to survive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 2 Jun 2014
By Allan
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Tim is a friend from Hockey and once I knew about this book I had to read it. I would say I was "aware" of CF before I knew Tim or read this book, but had no idea about the regime involved or the affects on the sufferer or those close to them. I have always known Tim as a strong person but this makes me realise how little I knew about him, Katie and CF. It's a privilege to know Tim, Katie & Felix and look forward to seeing them all soon
PS - he's still pretty good with a hockey stick as well
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. It's brutally honest, informative, funny, encouraging, hopeful and moving, all at the same time!
Published 29 days ago by Mr. P. J. Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring & shocking
Tim's brutal account of his first forty years is a lesson to all of us on making the most of life and not being dragged down by illness, however severe. Read more
Published 2 months ago by camilla evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Top book, top guy, top advice!!
Enjoy the story, the humour and the down to earth inspiration that comes from Tim's positive approach to life. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Arch
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
A truly eye opening account of battling the odds and striving to get the most out of life. Inspiring. Well done Tim.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A wake-up call
Read this. You’ll realise that everyday counts and it’ll make you live your life better. An astonishingly honest account of living with a tortuous disease, this book takes you on... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Clare Herbert
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not just an amazing read but a life lesson for all of us ...
This is not just an amazing read but a life lesson for all of us to get the best out of life and to put perspective into the challenges we face versus the reality that some wake up... Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Tim
It is late, but I just had to finish your book, what an awe inspiring read. Thank you so much for sharing!
Published 3 months ago by MA Kotze
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting and inspiring read for all
In this inspiring book Tim Wotton provides an insight into the gruelling and unrelenting daily life of someone with cystic fibrosis, yet with a humorous and always positive... Read more
Published 3 months ago by lucy
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Compelling
Hilary Mantel took me one week in the Lakes, and 5 weeks commuting in to London. This book I read in 3 days. Utterly compelling and very moving. Read more
Published 3 months ago by s p smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book!
A beautifully written book about a man (and his family) living with Cystic Fibrosis. Emotional, funny, inspirational and honest. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ailsa Herd
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