This story was written by Ken Kirwan.
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I spoke to you back in 2019 about my journey and I had already started work on my book back in 2017, but it was being written sporadically after work in coffee shops, hotel bars and at the weekends when I could find the time, but I wasn’t making as much as headway as I would have liked to.
Obviously the world stopped with the Covid 19 pandemic in March 2020, which was horrific globally, but in a strange way, it proved to be a positive thing in my life, as it taught me to slow down from performing on stage and concentrate on the more important things in my life like my family and my mental and physical health. It also allowed me more time and effort with the book, which I was delighted about.
I was allowed to work from home with my day job as a graphic designer and I still to do this day, which means I get to do everyday things like bring my 9 year old daughter to school and just be more present in her life which is so important to me and she is loving it too.
I have since hung up the microphone and this year, launched a new design, print, signage and publishing business called www.littlepoppymedia.com, I got to finish my book, “Anything Is Possible” – My Kidney Transplantation Story, which launched this very week.
I am really enjoying life now even more so than before, as I have a much calmer, relaxed life these days. Although, since we last spoke, I have taken up non contact thai-boxing which I love, I also try and do a lot of charity 5km and 10km runs when I can, plus my usual regular weekly trips to the gym.
On a different note, I was hospitalized with Covid 19 back in November 2021, which was very scary for my family and I, I nearly ended up in intensive care but thankfully it didn’t go that far. My positive mental attitude and the amazing work of the doctors got me through it. I had had my 3 vaccines at that stage and I knew that they would work and that I would be okay, I am fine now, and I feel great.
With the launch of the book this week, I am very excited for the future and what it holds. I hope my book will prove to be helpful to people going through what I did. Pre-transplant, during dialysis treatment and post transplant, most importantly. It’s a very positive book, albeit personal to me, the message throughout is universal and the message I want to get across, is how amazing a life you can have if you concentrate on the things that bring you joy in life as simple as they may be.