That was the dilemma which my guest faced.
As Caroline says “I have never been so terrified, feeling out of control of the situation, but knowing I had to go through it to have a fighting chance of a better quality of life.”
Join us as we discuss her life before and after surgery, and take a look at –
- Why you must believe in yourself
- How to tackle major obstacles in life or business.
- Why you should surround yourself with people you aspire to be like – don’t just watch on the sidelines, get in the thick of it.
and a whole lot more.
Originally from Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, Caroline and her husband moved to North Devon in 2004 to enjoy a better work/life balance on the coast. A wife and mother who had been running her own successful PR & Marketing company for 28 years, all was good until Caroline was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis – an inflammatory bowel disease – when she was pregnant with her second child. A yo-yo regime of medication ensued for the next four years, to try and get the disease under control.
At times, Caroline couldn’t be more than a couple of feet away from a toilet, such is the urgency to use the loo with this debilitating disease. Racked with pain, anaemic and fatigued, whilst raising two small children, the business started to suffer, employees were let go and Caroline had to confront surgery as a realistic option. At its worst, Caroline was hospitalised for a week for intravenous steroids and needed two blood transfusions. She rarely left the house and the business was failing.
Bloated and overweight from the medication, and having no quality of life with her family, Caroline decided to have her entire large intestine and bowel removed and to live with a permanent ileostomy.
After surgery (March 2009), Caroline was determined to enjoy life to the max and shed the weight. A self-confessed couch potato, she signed up to cycle London to Paris in 24 hours for charity as her motivation to train regularly. Despite suffering from osteoarthritis from the steroids, Caroline was determined to take back control of her life and prove that having stoma surgery and living with a stoma bag was not an end, but a new beginning. She rode into Paris in July 2010 in 24 hours.
After another 24hr cycle ride two years later, Caroline decided to overcome her fear of water, so she could make up for those lost years with her kids when they were small and she was ill. This led to the idea of doing a triathlon. From doing a little local Sprint triathlon, Caroline has continued to push the boundaries of her body and is an advocate for people with an ileostomy. She trains up to six days per week and competes in Half and Full Ironman triathlons (2.4mile open water swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run).
Approached by a publisher, her autobiography ‘Loo Rolls to Lycra: The Ironman Dreams of an IBD Sufferer’ was published in January 2018 and Caroline is now an inspirational speaker.
Fear Strategist, coach, international speaker, multi-time best-selling author, hypnotist, occasional magician, and presenter of this show.
And someone who, for far too many years, was massively held back by a very strong social phobia – speaking with strangers, or even meeting strangers, was at best deeply uncomfortable, and at worst utterly terrifying for him. For far too many years.
So he did the logical thing – he pursued a 20 year career in IT with some success (becoming a Fellow of the BCS in the process).
Until one panic attack too many, which forced him to reconsider his life.
So he studied NLP and hypnosis, used those tools to conquer his own fears and phobias, and since 2010 he has helped others around the world to transform their deepest fears into their greatest strengths through his coaching, speaking, books, and trainings. Indeed, since 2010 he has helped over 5,000 people to transform their lives.
Having travelled the world for a while doing this, he has settled back in his native Scotland, where he is focusing on the next step in his journey of helping as many people as he can to conquer their fears. Which includes the launch of this Show!
Since 2010 Keith has helped over 5,000 people to transform their lives.
Now he brings the distillation of his experience into a weekly show designed to help you to transform your deepest fears into your greatest strengths.
Some episodes feature Keith running solo, discussing topics related to fear, phobia, mindset, and taking an interesting look into where it all comes from and what we can do about it.
In other episodes, Keith invites a special guest to join him and to discuss their experiences in overcoming their own fears, so that we can gain some insight into how we might do the same, or even to explore the more esoteric areas around fear – sometimes in some unexpected yet very interesting ways!
Presented in both audio and in video, across multiple platforms, so that the show can meet those who need it where they are.
Award-winning coach, international speaker, multi-time best-selling author, hypnotist, occasional magician, and writer of this post, Keith spent his first 40 years suffering from several phobias including being terrified of speaking with strangers. After one incident too many, he started studying and training in NLP & hypnosis to conquer his own issues, found he was rather good at it, and changed careers (aided by redundancy at just the right moment after 20 years in IT). He helps people transform their deepest fears into their greatest strengths, and having helped over 5,000 people across 5 continents, he is the UK’s #1 Fear Strategist.