A gripping story of survival, courage
and triumph against insurmountable odds.
As a 26-year police veteran, Paul O’Brien had dealt with armed robbers, terrorists, murderers, rapists and thieves and led up to 300 operational police. That was his chosen profession. Nothing, however, could prepare him for the life-changing events of a cancer diagnosis, acute depression and anxiety, a traumatic separation and other significant life challenges - all within the space of 18 months. There were times when Paul felt life was not worth living but he made a deliberate choice to live and prosper. Paul’s challenges were overcome with extraordinary courage and determination and the support of a few trusted allies. In the process, Paul regained his physical and mental health, built a thriving leadership business, worked with Olympic athletes, became a successful endurance cyclist, and kayaked across Bass Strait – just to test his new-found resilience. This is the remarkable story of an ordinary individual who overcame an extraordinary period in his life. It is told with a rare frankness that will rivet your attention, touch your heart, make you cry with laughter and inspire you to realise your boldest dreams.
“This is the remarkable story of an ordinary individual who overcame an extraordinary period in his life. It is told with a rare frankness that will rivet your attention, touch your heart, make you cry with laughter and inspire you to realise your boldest dreams.”
“Every woman needs to give this book to a man they love and who may need some inspiration.”
“… honesty is what you get in this book detailing the ups and downs in the life of a remarkable man.” Dr. Peter Brukner
Dr Peter Brukner OAM, MBBS, FACSP
Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician
Professor of Sports Medicine, La Trobe University
Visiting Professor, LKC School of Medicine, NTU, Singapore
“Paul O’Brien manages to find humour in his darkest moments. This memoir is a brave and generous insight into one man’s persistent struggle to overcome a life tsunami. It has enlightened my view of what men need to weather the storms of life.”
Managing Director Plum Communication,
Life Coach, Fast 100 business woman,
mother, daughter, wife (who almost drowned once too).
“Paul blends his down-to-earth, self-deprecating humour with a powerful vulnerability that touches your heart. His vivid introspections into the pits of depression and cancer, and the courage to speak openly about his lack of self-belief, provide tangible and courageous insights into the black dog and co.”
Hannah Macdougall, PhD, B Sp & ExSc, B Com. with Honours
Elite Cyclist, Motivational Speaker, Expert in Athlete Well-Being
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