Given the chance, if you are like most people you may just rattle off some of the challenges you have faced in your life. Some people might even show me their battle wounds
Let me be clear – this is a rhetorical question and not an invitation for you to wallow in your past or share any pain you are going through now.
We have all faced challenges during our life journey – and the very fact you are reading this shows that you survived.
As a wise man said to me once – your life is a success every time you wake up in the morning. You have survived another night and maybe you will thrive for another day!
It’s so easy to feel sorry for ourselves as we meander through life’s ups and downs – and wonder how and why life got so hard for us along the way.
Then along comes somebody who has faced such astonishing challenges and is still dancing and smiling through life. They just blow you away with their zest for life, optimism and positivity.
One such person is my long term friend and mentor Evelyne Brink. Three years ago in November 2011, Evelyne was due to visit my home for lunch. She was 7 months pregnant at the time and was due to visit me after a routine hospital check-up in the morning.
She never made it to mine that day.
Instead she called me in the afternoon to say that the doctors had discovered something not quite right with her baby. She was in shock and still taking in the news. I offered to join her at the hospital but her partner Thomas was already on the way.
That day Evelyne’s life changed for ever. As did Thomas’s and all the close people in her life.
Their son Tuffel was born a few weeks later without a bowel and despite all the odds he is now a bright, gregarious 3-year old.
Tuffel is a miracle baby and has become the first ever survivor of “ultra short gut syndrome“, living with no small intestine.
Evelyne has now written and published a heart-warming book about her journey over the last 3 years – “It Takes Guts” (Amazon UK/Amazon.com) an uplifting and deeply emotional journey which will fill your heart with new hope for what is possible for each and every one of us.
As the subtitle says, it is a story of love, hope and a missing bowel.