From a young age, my father’s job meant that we left England to live initially in New Jersey, USA and then Switzerland. One of the great things about living in Switzerland was we got to learn to ski. It did lead me to develop an international outlook on life. We did, however, get shipped off to boarding school back in England! In my case, it was Ratcliffe Colllege which is just outside Leicester.
I always enjoyed my sport and chose to row at school as we all had to take up a sport and I wasn’t interested in rugby at that age. Educationally, I was always interested in Chemistry and after 5 years at boarding school, I went to Surrey University to do a 4 year course in Chemistry and gained a BSc 1st Class Honours degree. It was whilst at Surrey that I took up playing rugby as rowing was not available. I used to think that I was a very average student so was really shocked to achieve a 1st. It made me begin to think that maybe I was quite bright. I decided that I wanted to do a PhD in Chemistry as this seemed a natural progression in terms of what I wanted to do with my life, career wise. I successfully gained a place in the Chemistry department at Cambridge University and spent 3 years on researching the metabolism of vitamin D. It was a very enjoyable time at Cambridge, I was a post graduate but enjoyed some aspects of the college lifestyle. I was also able to take up rowing again which I enjoyed. As my time at Cambridge was nearing an end, I was exploring what to do next and as an aspiring research chemist, it was becoming popular to do post doctoral research, rather than go straight into industry, and in particular going to an overseas university was the best option. So, I gained my PhD in Chemistry from Cambridge and set off for California to take up a postdoctoral research post at Stanford University, working for Professor Carl Djerassi, often referred to as ‘the father of the pill’. Young, possibly rather arrogant and full of myself, I was starting out on an adventure thinking the world was my oyster! Sadly, that dream didn’t last long as my world, as I knew it, changed very abruptly after three months of being at Stanford University. I had taken up rugby to keep fit as it wasn’t possible to do rowing. On February 2nd 1980, whilst playing rugby in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, I broke my neck. I had sustained a C5/6 injury to my spinal cord and was paralysed. My life and all my aspirations changed in that instance.
This led to the first big change in my life; I spent ten months recuperating in hospitals in the USA and the UK. No longer able to continue my laboratory work, I accepted a post in the computing team on returning to Stanford. It was 1980 and I took the view that computing was the future! A further two years in California was followed by two years at Glasgow University and I joined ICI Pharmaceuticals as a Systems Analyst and software developer working there for twenty two years.
The second big change in my life began in 2006 when I developed chronic fatigue syndrome and was no longer able to work.
I was retired on grounds of failure of health at the start of 2007. Needing to be occupied, I was looking for things to do within the limits imposed by the condition and in the summer of 2008 an idea began to emerge and take shape. I had begun using various complementary therapies from 1994 (herbal remedies, reflexology, hypnotherapy, etc) to maintain my life style. In 2003, I met Jennifer Warters Principal of The Academy of Spiritual Sciences, a therapist who would become my tutor. I was introduced to The Emerald Alignment and vibrational toning and began using these therapies on a daily basis. Slowly I began to take responsibility for my own healing and changed my life style as I learned to adapt to the limitations of my disability.
In 2008 I realised that I wanted to train as a holistic healer working with the therapies which had changed my life and my therapist training with The Academy of Spiritual Sciences began.
Today I am interested in working with all people including disabled people and feel that my own experience and acceptance of disability will inspire them to take responsibility for their own healing and creative potential.
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