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I was adopted at a early age brought up by my parent , my mum came from Liverpool , England and my Father came from Scotland, Edinburgh . I try to make my parents proud of my , but I didn’t know what too do , until watching my mother cook , I was hooked I wanted to be a chef , I knew chefs had to know about butchery , so I became a butcher and then , a chef in lots of places to fine dining to al’acarte to cafes to restaurants , Hyatt to Resort’s QLD to Merchant shipping to the tip of Cape York ,QLD and to running two Nursing home feed 175 to 200 every day , worked hard all my life and now , I’m disabled at 44 with a wife and two growing children , I play cricket with kids and kick the soccer ball to play and run and fish of the beaches with our kids and also I used to walk or even ride my bike to work in the early hours of the morning just to build up production of sponges to extra desserts to morning teas to up coming theme functions , to all special days Easter, Christmas and Birthday’s in the monthly calendar , I also Introduced a different therapy , cooking therapy making the residents feel confidence and a well being within themselves , under my helping prepare that days lunch that a dish they liked and that all enjoyed, making meals that was cheap and easy to make, from generation to passing down to other generations, I felt Honoured and privileged to work and learn there way the way they where taught ! God Bless them, I miss them , but due to injury my back won’t tack the stress and repativness and lifting and bending any more, it has been a sad times of just over 17 months of hell and pain , I would not wish on anyone , now I wait and rely on medication to buff and ease the neuropathic pain I suffer to this day !


Posted anonymously, 4th March 2014


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  • That must be so hard! To go from a busy, physical, carefree life to one of constant pain. All I can say is at least you lived. You’ve packed a lot into your life, found your passion, a lot of people never experience that

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  • that is sad to hear. i think that the food therapy is a great idea! i bet that they love feeling some independance and control again. I won’t take it for granted anymore. i hope that you are doing alright

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  • Good Health is a most precious thing

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  • Everything has a season…..I had a similar career path in Hospitality from weddings to restaurants, catering business to a restaurant before being struck down with MS. I still enjoy cooking but the days of cooking for 200 people are long gone. I am glad I had the opportunity to have achieved it but I am happy to let the young healthy ones do the hard graft now.

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  • Dealing with chronic and acute pain can be so depressing and demoralizing. I’ve done it for years. Especially when it means you can’t do activities that you enjoy. And it’s hard because it’s an “invisible” illness, because no-one can see your pain, so they often don’t appreciate how bad it is, and how much it affects your life. I really do hope that things improve for you.


    • My hubby suffers from a form of arthritis and yes he looks healthy but he’s in a lot pain.

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  • The cooking therapy is such a brilliant idea

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  • cooking is a great form of therapy, I do hope you can one day be pain free again to enjoy it again

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  • I hope it all improves and wish you the best of health!

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  • I wish you luck and hope it gets better

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  • Its really harder when you can’t work due to pain. I sympathise, I’m in the same boat. Acceptance of my situation and gentle exercise have helped my face it and deal with the frustration. Can you go for short walks? Some days I am too sore to walk, but find that if I just start slowly I do feel better for the rest of the day. I really wish you well.

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  • I really hope things start to improve for you

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  • I’m sorry that you are in this situation. You sound very passionate about helping people in your chosen area of expertise. I know that neuropathic pain can be very tricky to treat and very painful. It is often a lot of trial and error before you find something that halfway alleviates your pain. Hope things improve in regards to your health.

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  • Hope you get well soon!

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  • Oh no :( feel bad for you :( so sorry to hear

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