• Cancer,  My Blog,  Recovery

    Cold Water Therapy

    Unlocking the power of a Cold Water Shower A cold water shower offers a range of benefits, from boosting your physical health to improving your mental well-being. My daily ritual of a brisk 5-minute cold shower isn’t just a routine—it’s a transformative practice that significantly impacts both your body and your immune system, a critical aspect for me as a Cancer Survivor. This seemingly simple act serves as a powerful training ground, strengthening not only your physical resilience but also nurturing mental fortitude. Embracing the Cold Stepping into that cold shower initiates a daily journey toward resilience. The first moments of icy water serve as a reminder of inner strength.…

  • Recovery

    Good Pain or Bad Pain ?

    Pain is a complex sensation; it’s our body’s way of signaling that something is wrong. There’s a difference between good pain and bad pain. “Good pain” might refer to the discomfort you feel during exercise or physical therapy that indicates you’re pushing your limits in a healthy way. It can lead to growth, strength, or healing. On the other hand, “bad pain” often signals injury or harm and requires attention or intervention to prevent further damage. It’s crucial to differentiate between the two to take care of yourself properly. “What if I had heeded the surgeon’s words over 60 years ago when he said, ‘Roger, you may never be able…

  • Adventures,  Expeditions,  My Blog,  Recovery

    Unsung Heroes  

    Sherpas, guides, and porters stand as the often-overlooked and unsung heroes behind our incredible adventures. Without their unwavering support, achieving our goals would be an almost insurmountable challenge. They bear the weight of crucial equipment and supplies, guaranteeing our sustenance, hydration, and shelter. Moreover, their expert guidance and vigilant presence play an indispensable role in safeguarding us throughout our voyages and adventures. It was a bittersweet, last night, on Mt Everest. We had achieved what we had set out to do – play rugby at altitude. On the Mountain we had seen friends sent home early. Twenty-seven of us arrived at Everest base camp, Tibet on 20th April and only…

  • Recovery

    Without Recovery – My Life was hanging by a thread!

     Recovery from Crime, Addiction, Cancer and Mental Health problems can be a challenging and rewarding journey.  In 1983 after being clean and sober for 2 years I was still holding on tightly to the old ways. My reaction to most situations was to attack first. I had yet another fight or rather I had exploded and inflicted unnecessary pain spilling the blood of a fellow member of a 12-step group that was helping me better my life. The violence happened in front of a number of friends, people who knew me and had befriended me, but this time they no longer supported my behaviour. I sat alone in a café…

  • Recovery

    My Arctic Reading

    It’s more than merely a book; it’s a source of inspiration. An old friend, ‘Belfast Archie’, suggested I take the Big Book with me to the top of the world. It is the story of how tens of thousands of men and women have recovered from alcoholism. The basic text was written in 1939 by Bill W, with support from Dr Bob. It’s more than merely a book. It’s more a way of life. It has served as a lifeline to millions of drunks worldwide, helping them to recover from alcoholism. It is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, so…

  • Recovery

    I am More Than My Past

    My journey of recovery From crime, addiction and cancer to wild adventures highlights that I am “More than my past”. I wrote and published a book, “Live a Life to Die For”, it’s my story of transformation, I hope that others (maybe you) will read it and understand that there is no limitation to what human beings can achieve. If there is a message to this book it’s that I’m just an ordinary guy who went out and did extraordinary things. Roger, is an Ambassador for ‘Hope and Vision Communities” https://hopeandvision.org.uk/our-supporters/ambassadors. Hope and Vision Communities work with people who have successfully left treatment for addiction but need a new place to call…