Cystic fibrosis (CF) is one of the UK's most common life-threatening diseases, affecting over 10,000 people. There's currently no cure. Not all that long ago, a CF diagnosis meant an early death. Tim Wotton is one such sufferer, who was told from an early age that he would not live beyond his 17th birthday. One of the oldest survivors of this crippling disease, How Have I Cheated Death? is a diary of his 39th year, a countdown to the illusive 40. A story of triumph over adversity, this compelling chronicle, the first book written by a CF sufferer at 40, offers hope and inspiration, demonstrating what cannot be cured needs to be endured. Written with great honesty and humour with an enlightening Foreword by the actress Jenny Agutter, this profound account is a testament to the daily dedication required to deal with CF and recently diagnosed diabetes while managing a normal family life.
In May 2015, Tim Wotton proudly accepted the Best Achievement Award from The People's Book Prize. Born in Southampton in 1971, Tim has lived in South London for the last twenty years and is married to Katie with a son Felix. A first-time book writer, Tim is a full-time communications manager and has played field hockey all his life. His eyes and heart have been opened by his health struggle with cystic fibrosis which has been a huge factor in his life, but not one that defines it.
Learn more about him on his website, his personal blog, or follow him @timwotton on Twitter.
'October 2017 - Tim proudly presented at and promoted his CF memoir 'How have I cheated death?' at the Wantage Betjeman Literary Festival. Tim’s speech covered overcoming adversity against all odds, the resilience required to endure what cannot yet be cured while managing a normal family life and making every day feel extraordinary.'
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