The influential moments of my life


24 thoughts on “The influential moments of my life

  1. Hello John,

    First of all, thank you so much for opening up to us. I know this post wasn’t easy to write because yours is such a touching story.

    I relate to you a lot, though I still don’t dare to write my story on my blog because writing it hurts a lot. But I surely will in the future.

    I’m very sorry that you had to live such difficult experiences, but they’ve made you the strong man you are today. You should be very proud of yourself!




  2. Hi John, its been too long since I last checked in with your blog and your writing! Thank you for sharing your struggles and reminding us that there is support out there. It’s very courageous to share your story with us – Enyiie


  3. Thank you so much for opening up about this. You’re totally right; you never know when someone is going to need to read these words.
    Keep being that light.


  4. This is a lovely heartfelt post John. I can relate to it in many parts. I lost my pap who was my best friend. I spent every weekend with him growing up and I visited every weekend and shared a slice of cake and a cuppa in my adult life. He passed away just when I found out I couldn’t have children. I was the only one left to have children out of 16 grandchildren. He met them all. I was devistated and just wanted to go to him to talk. We had IVF and I found out my pregnancy was successful on his birthday. I think it was a sign that he was saying everything will be okay. May sound crazy but hey. I wish he could meet her. She is amazing and a massive cake lover like he was. My sister had cancer when she was 12 we have a two year age gap. It was a tough moment in our lives. My parents were away for almost a year in this hospital in a different city and I was left with my aunt. It was a lonely time. If there is anything I have learnt with everything I have been though prior, during and after giving birth. It’s reaching out and talking to someone helps it’s not easy but it helps x x


  5. I commend your bravery for speaking up. I know how hard it can be as it is something I’m doing with my own blog- FibroMomBlog. It is wonderful that you have decided to take your pain and hopefully help someone else by sharing it. Thank you for sharing yourself and being there for strangers who might be going through same struggles!


  6. Thanks for sharing John, it’s good to find an outlet to share that can help you. Life it rubbish sometimes, and it seems like some people get a much worse deal than others. I guess, in the end though, it’s about the strength that you have to get through it.
    I’ve had a rough few years, we’ve lost a lot of close people around us. People often used to ask how I managed to get through it and seem ‘okay’. In truth, there is no answer, and I’m not, but you just have to.


  7. I’m really sorry to see that you’ve been pretty much to hell and back in terms of what you’ve been through. No child should lose family figures at a time where the child is already battling issues. It must’ve been mentally crippling and felt like life was picking you up and knocking you down over and over again. Your post has been very moving and I’m sure you would have definitely inspired others to come out and talk about their difficulties in their lives

    Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures


  8. I love how honest and open this was. I learned so much about you and it completely melted my heart. I love it! Lovely post.


  9. Very powerful post. Thank you for taking the time to share this with us. I think that it is so valid to say that every human is struggling or suffering in some way. We are all alike like that. And, knowing that, we deserve to give and receive love, understanding, and empathy always.


  10. It sounds like you’ve been through a lot of hardship. I really have no response but to say I hope you’re doing better nowadays. Words really come short here, and I wish I could say something that would be of more comfort.

    What really struck me during your story is that you opened up about your troubles with suicide during a big public talk. I can only imagine how emotional and nerve-wracking that must have been! But it also speaks of great power and to me, also self-reliance. You have all reason to be very proud of yourself!

    Best, Nathalie (


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