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I was born in 1952 in post-war Liverpool, England and my family moved to New Zealand in 1961, eventually settling on the North Shore, Auckland. My secondary school education was completed at Rangitoto College and I began my first job as an insurance clerk at sixteen years of age, having just been accredited my University Entrance qualification.
At that same time a passion for Citroen cars started an intense involvement with local car clubs, and ownership of many of those classic vehicles spanning twenty-eight years.
Working as a service station manager in the late 1970’s, I noticed worrying physiological changes which eventually led to the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis in 1982. Fortunately, my administrative career path allowed me to work productively in accountancy roles for a further thirteen years after the diagnosis.
That life changing episode triggered years of community service to MS organisations and the disability sector generally. An integral part of my community support has been a willingness to share the personal experiences and challenges faced during the twenty-seven years with this incurable disease.
I now live in Orewa with my wife of nine years who is also a person living with MS.
In the successful nominations for 2002 NZ Person with MS of the Year Award and 2005 North Shore City Civic Award for Voluntary Service to the North Shore Community, MS North Shore wrote:
Despite David’s personal situation he has the ability to accept what life sends and to make the most of every situation. David’s spirit, determination and sense of humour inspire all who meet him.
“The desire to be of assistance to others wherever possible, regardless of their condition, is my strongest motivational driving force. Mostly a well cultivated sense of humour in all things, an awareness of others, a very good support network including the MS Society, caregivers, service providers, family and friends, and a sense of worth within the wider community, gets me by daily.”
on Sep. 02, 2012 :
Such an interesting and personal story by David. My wife and I found it facinating to the end. The insites gained into the caregiving systems in Auckland are so valuable I would urge anyone involved in the medical system to read this book.
I am particularly interested in the fact that David wrote the book, using a Lomak keyboard and that it fitted into his life without any major disruption.
Davids approach to life is so refreshing and has given me a new perspective on my own approach to things medical.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Feb. 10, 2011 :
An extraordinarily honest, tell-all tale about the slow loss of ability that comes from living with Multiple Sclerosis - and yet it's a tale of inspiration, strength, and laugh-out-loud moments. David writes with that strong English sense of humour, finding ways to laugh at the most dire situations that would have others squirming with embarrassment. A highly entertaining book that deserves a wide audience - I recommend it.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Nov. 02, 2010 :
I absolutely loved the book! David's joy, humour, courage and patience is so powerful that one forgets the incredible limitations that is the daily reality. A life affirming story that makes one marvel at the human spirit.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Nov. 02, 2010 :
What a fantastic read! David's honesty and humour shine through in this candid and often moving account of his journey through life. I think all service providers should read this, so that they can see the difference between the service they believe they provide and the reality of the outcome. People with disabilities will find this book inspiring - it made me feel that there will always be a way to cope with what life brings. Truly inspiring, I laughed and cried - and loved it.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)