My Trip of a Lifetime by Neil Stevenson
About the Author:
Neil Stevenson, born in 1945, was involved in the creation and growth of the Edinburgh Woollen Mill. He retired in 1995 having enjoyed success in both business and the pursuit of rugby. His time since has been generously spent, and he has raised a large amount of money for the Dumfries Onclology unit while continuing his love of sport. In 2012 his life was rocked when he was diagnosed with myeloma. This is his story.
My Trip of a Lifetime
The book initially takes the reader through his formative years in 1963 at the University of Bradford where he made friends with one Jorge Ariel Leigh. Having subsequently had a successful career in business we fast forward to 2012 when he and his wife Margaret decided to go on a trip of a lifetime to New Zealand and to catch up with his long lost friend “Ariel”.
During the holiday, following a minor altercation with a pot hole, Neil ended up in hospital. Little did he know that it was to become the start of a journey that would change his life forever. The book follows Neil through the diagnosis of myeloma, the challenges he has faced since and his subsequent reflections.
The book is written in a manner which not only informs the reader about Neil’s battle with myeloma but also gives us an insight into the man himself and how he has coped through his humour, warmth, courage and determination. When I spoke with Neil about the book he told me that his aim was to write it in such a way that each chapter had both light and shade in it and in my view he has been enormously successful in achieving this. I found myself riding a roller coaster of emotions, one minute thinking about how I would have handled the continual challenges that he faced and the next laughing out loud at his wonderful anecdotes.
I don’t truly believe that you can claim to walk in another persons shoes unless you have found yourself in the same position that they themselves found themselves. You can perhaps begin to understand something about the human spirit and how it chooses to deal with life’s challenges through the thoughts of one man on his trip of a lifetime.
This book is highly recommended by My Holistic Life
All proceeds of the book will go to Macmillan Cancer Support. If you wish to purchase this book you can do so via the following links
The link to the Just Giving page is: https://www.justgiving.com/Neil-Stevenson-Langholm
You can also download a PDF copy of the book and then donate £5 to Macmillan by texting NEIL to 70550: http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Documents/Fundraising/InYourLocalArea/Scotland/South_Scotland/Stevenson-Book.pdf