Histories Travel With me
The interwoven stories of trauma survivors who taught me the way you use
your second chance to help others is the path to healing
Why I'm writing This Book
On July 7th 2005 I boarded the number 30 bus at Euston station, London.
I had no idea that eleven minutes later, the man I followed up the
stairs would detonate a bomb only a few seats behind me, killing 13 passengers
and wounding many more of us. The story of that day has been told by many,
however many of the valuable life lessons I learnt that day, and during my
recovery since, remain untold.
Throughout my recovery from July 7th, I have not only discovered a
passion for peace advocacy, but I have been fortunate enough to have had some
remarkable people enter my life, each with their own experience and inspiring
story of surviving a trauma. By sharing their experience and wisdom, and
helping me - each have taught me a valuable lesson and inspired me by their bravery
to help me recover.
The days in which I make the greatest recovery
are the days on which I have been able to help others.
This is the biggest lesson each of these
incredible people have taught me, and the message I wish to share in my book in
order that more people can benefit from these incredible experiences and
The words These Histories Travel With Me feature in a piece of art work at my local metro station, which I discovered the first time I ever used public transport again. Discovering it that day was a magical experience, it filled me with faith and the words sum up how I feel about my recovery, the creativity it has stirred in me; and not only the people we lost, but the people who have since come into my life because of that day.
Throughout my recovery, I have always been inspired by the courage of others; and I recently took the brave step to
share some of the secrets of my Post Traumatic Stress Disorder via my blog, something I never imagined I
would share, details I had kept from even my friends and family.
The response I received from both fellow trauma sufferers and
professionals working in the field was profoundly inspiring, and made me realize
how much I could help others by sharing this story, and also how PTSD has
impacted my life.
I was overwhelmed with messages from people telling me how healing my
The aims of the book are to share my story and the interwoven stories of
the remarkable people I have met. They include a Nobel Peace Prize winner,
bereaved family members, Peace campaigners, and founders of remarkable
charities and other lesser known trauma survivors. Each have played an
inspiring part of my recovery and have walked along side me and shown me the
lesser trodden path to recovery and personal growth.
This book will be a tribute to their courage, compassion and bravery.
My story may start the day my life changed on July 7th, but the
interwoven stories start many years before, some before I was even born.
My journey will take readers from the streets of London to the Minefields
of Cambodia, climbing up mountains, falling through the sky, and detonating
landmines; becoming an Olympic Torch Bearer and pushing my own personal
boundaries to name just a few of the places and things I never imagined that
day would lead me to explore.
Why I need your help
Crowd funding this book is important to me as it will once again show that
together we can make good things happen because of the bad things.
People came together and showed such incredible solidarity and kindness
after July 7th, and I so want to help that happen again. That day
taught me we are all incredibly kind, but so often it takes tragedy for us to
overcome our embarrassment and show our kindness to strangers. That day taught me to never be embarrassed about showing kindness ever again. If we learn to show
a little more kindness to strangers in our day to day lives, the world really
would be a much more remarkable place to call home.
Funding for the book will allow me to dedicate the next 6 -
9 months working with two professional published writers to
revisit each of these special people, researching the remarkable history to
their stories, and interviewing them so their stories can be told in their own
special way, interwoven in my own story.
Inspired by the remarkable response to my blog posting on PTSD, the
objective in producing this book is that not only will these inspiring and
remarkable stories be shared, but that copies of the book will be printed so
they can be read by more PTSD sufferer's, their families and
trauma professionals so that they can benefit from the stories and
wisdom. I'm sure in 5 years time printed books will be viewed as much as relics
of the past as cameras with film in them, and cassette players.
You can view film footage of my trip to Cambodia in 2009 at the
following links - but so much more has happened since then, and even
the whole story up to that point could not be fully captured in 26 minutes
of film... I have so much more to share.
Initial Target: £10,000 will fund the 'basic' project
- to ensure that the project WILL happen
This will fund me being able to work with two professional writers to
interview the UK based inspiring people of the interwoven stories, and produce
the book in e-format (limited numbers of printed book to be produced for
funders and contributors).
Stretch Target - £20,000 - this project has so much more potential!
This will enable me and one of the co-writers (a professional
journalist) to travel to Asia to meet and interview in person two of
the inspiring people of the interwoven stories. Mr Tun Channereth,
and a 7/7 survivor now working in rural Borneo.
Visting Mr Tun Channereth whom I met in Cambodia and was privileged to
work alongside in my House building project in 2009 (this was documented in a
BBC Inside Out documentary - links above). Mr Tun Channereth is Nobel Peace
Prize co laurette for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, and quite
honestly a truly remarkable human being. His story is truly inspiring, and
needs to be told using his own words to really do him any justice at all. It
would be such a shame if this target is not reached, and I have to share his
story second hand. It really is worth every penny of the extra pledges, not
least as I intend to interview him whilst building another house with him – as
I did when I first met him in 2009.
I was humbled and touched when Mr Tunnereth told me I was ‘just like
him, a survivor’ This stretch target will not only bring Mr Tun Channereths
story to life in his own words, but I will build a house in the process, and
leave yet another beautiful legacy in Cambodia.
I will also visit and interview another survivor of July 7th who
has become a dear friend to me. She too has an amazing story to share
and now lives in rural Borneo working in Malaysian primary schools, after
being able to overcome her trauma, and get her travelling boots back on.
I am very proud of her for doing this!
Do not mistake this part of the project as a holiday - my PTSD is
at its very worst when I am travelling; I am actually a VERY reluctant traveler,
and this will be a real test of my determination, and proof of my ability to
challenge myself to help others. On my return from Cambodia last time, I
actually cried for the whole 20 hour journey home.
Many people have told me I survived that day for a reason... help me
achieve that reason by funding this project; and enabling my story to help as
many others as possible.
If someone helps you, I have learnt, you should help someone
else... help pass it on, and become part of it!
Contributing to this Kickstarter is your opportunity to be part of my
journey of healing, and to help others who have experienced trauma and
The days I am able to use my experience to help others, are the days I
heal the most myself too.
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