Michael served twelve years in the Royal Navy, including five years on submarines. After this he spent his working life (1972 -2008) supporting children and adults who had been referred to Social Services and Voluntary Agencies. Initially a residential carer, he has also fostered eleven children with severe learning disabilities and is currently a ‘shared life carer’ for an adult who has lived with his family for twenty years.
Michael met his second partner Carole in 1989; they married in 1991, making a home for their children from previous marriages. He and Carole describe their experience of fostering disabled children in ‘Angels Are Not Just for Christmas’ and Michael is presently working on part one of a humorous autobiography ‘Don’t Lose Your Paddle’ describing his time spent on submarines and surface ships. He also created a series of children’s stories, ‘Legends of Cyber Land’ featuring an eleven year old girl who is a wheelchair user, for teachers who wish to introduce an inclusive agenda to children aged 4-10. (For information about these please email Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org )
Michael was diagnosed with prostate cancer six years ago. Dealing with that was difficult enough, but in 2013 he developed another lump in his throat. Because of an ongoing heart problem it seemed that effective diagnosis and treatment of the the tumour would be impossible…
TERMINAL ONE is the story of how he and Carole faced up to that situation