October 30, 2020
Robin's daughter Jorja was just 10 months old when she started having terrifying epileptic seizures. They got so bad that doctors told her parents that Jorja was going to die. Refused a second opinion, Robin began to campaign for medical cannabis to get the seizures under control.
After a tireless campaign, with help from the charity End Our Pain, Jorja became the first child to get a UK prescription for cannabis. Her seizures reduced dramatically and the joy came back to her face. Medical cannabis is legal in the UK, but Jorja has no option but to get an expensive private prescription. Robin is working with Brains Bioceutical to increase awareness of cannabis to make sure that other children can get access to the life-saving medicine they need.
October 22, 2020
Being told he was going to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair didn't wash for Mark Ormrod. The former Royal Marine Commando lost both legs above the knee and his right arm above the elbow in a blast in Afghanistan in 2007. Not only did Mark learn to walk again, he has won medals at the Invictus games and driven fast cars. And now he trains Brazilian jiu-jitsu. His work as a motivational speaker makes total sense - he has certainly made me think differently about the so-called injuries I have worried about.
Find more about REORG, the Royal Marines charity that teaches Brazilian jiu-jitsu to serving personnel and veterans to help them overcome mental and physical health challenges.
October 16, 2020
Hypnotherapist and mind mechanic Vinny Shoreman has a no-nonsense and often humorous approach to fixing problems. He helps a wide range of clients deal with grief, fear, anxiety and depression. He has many years of experience and has learnt to be patient with people's misunderstandings about hypnotherapy. He makes the point that hypnotherapy is a very useful therapeutic tool that can help people overcome severe trauma. Stage hypnosis, on the other hand, can only help people "make dicks of themselves", something they have "no problem doing all on their own".
October 9, 2020
Kelda Wood was hoping for a career as a show jumper when a one-ton bale of hay fell on her, crushing her leg. Through this life-changing accident she grew even more determined, starting the charity Climbing Out to help people who have survived injury and trauma.
Last year Kelda spent three months in total isolation, becoming the first para-athlete to row solo across the Atlantic, driven on by thoughts of the many people her charity is helping. It is an incredibly inspiring story of pushing through pain and loneliness, day after day, as strong winds threatened to push her right back where she came from. Just the sort of thing you need to hear if life's little problems are getting you down.
October 1, 2020
Pensioner Tony Bevington has stage-3 kidney failure and he started growing cannabis to ease the stabbing pains caused by his condition. He is very forgiving of the neighbour who shopped him, less so of the police who threatened to kick his door in and have him evicted. And Tony is now suffering from terrible anxiety about the legal proceedings stretching out in front of him. It is hard to believe that we would go to the trouble of punishing someone like this. He doesn't seem like a terrifying gangster, but have a listen and see what you think.
Find out more on Tony's Facebook support page here.
September 25, 2020
Chana Studley worked for years as a special effects expert on Hollywood movies. But violent assaults in her twenties had left her with years of pain and PTSD. She did extensive research into the mechanisms that cause physical and psychological trauma and discovered that she was able to leave her suffering entirely in the past.
Chana is an author and has lectured around the world on pain. Raised in the UK, she now lives in Israel and works as a first responder for the World Health Organisation, providing psychological assistance to people who have suffered or witnessed traumatic events.
It was fascinating to talk to her and she has already got me thinking differently about how I personally experience pain. Find out more at chanastudley.com.
September 18, 2020
Hannah Deacon petitioned the government for her son – who suffers from a rare, debilitating form of epilepsy – to be given cannabis on the NHS. In 2018 Alfie Dingley made headlines when the pioneering prescription was granted. Hannah talks very movingly about the difference cannabis has made to her son’s quality of life. He went from having regular, terrifying seizures to living with a condition that is now far more manageable. But for thousands of other children who could also benefit from medical cannabis, it is a very different story.
Visit the Alfie's Hope Facebook page to see more about Hannah's campaign.
You can find out more about Hannah’s work with Professor Mike Barnes to increase awareness of medical cannabis at mapletreeconsultants.co.uk.
September 10, 2020
As an MMA fighter, Jack was known for his ferocious style. As a coach he said it was "a lot tougher watching someone go into the cage than walking into the cage yourself". Now no longer starving himself to make weight, Jack has turned his back on cardio and committed himself with equal ferocity to the sport of powerlifting.
Jack Toczydlowski is a much easier to pronounce Jacked_T on Instagram.
His inspirational powerlifting team is barfight_team.
September 4, 2020
Danielle Barnett is the lead singer of the Urban Cookie Collective. She is also a qualified NLP coach and helps people overcome their anxieties, whether they want to sing in front of thousands, or simply stand up and give a wedding speech. She is also one of the most positive people you could ever meet and I thoroughly enjoyed having my negative thought patterns gently coached away.
Find out more at daniellebarnett.coach.
August 27, 2020
One of the original black belts under the late Rolls Gracie, Mauricio is now an 8th degree coral belt. He talks about a lifetime of jiu-jitsu, and seeing his son Roger Gracie go from “chubby teenager” to becoming the greatest of all time.