Each year I try to present a series of coaching seminars, where I share the ideas and methods that underpin how I work as a strength coach. I find it’s great for keeping me sharp, I get to meet and learn from great people, travel around and generally have fun. This year at my seminar in London, I was fortunate enough to meet Dave Bolton, a coach, athlete and former soldier from the Wirrel in the North of England.
During one of the breaks Dave and I got talking. I think we connected over the tattoo I have of my sausage dog as he has two himself. At some point, he casually dropped into the conversation that he might not be able to do 100% of the practical elements as he lost most of his calf in a near fatal motorbike accident. Oh, and he was also in the midst of stage 4 brain cancer.
He told me how he discovered he had brain cancer when he had massive seizure so violent that he bit halfway through his tongue. His initial diagnosis had been that he had just weeks or months to live and that he should set his affairs in order, but that had been over a year ago.
Dave said he decided that he was not going to sit at home and wait to die, but instead he was going to continue living life and get the most out of every day. He was going to train as hard as possible, work with his athletes and continue to learn and develop as a coach. That he would choose to spend two days with me and the other attendees in his situation was perhaps the most humbling experience I have ever had.
Suffice to say that this meeting with Dave was the highlight of my weekend, and a huge kick up the arse to me. It put my own minor problems in stark perspective, and whenever I find myself slipping into self pity, I try to snap out of it and follow his example. He’s still here, he’s still getting the most out of every day, and he’s doing it with a smile on his face.
At the very least, I encourage all readers to watch Dave’s story below. If you can, please also support him and the UTS foundation in their goal to build a not for profit training and rehabilitation centre to help fight diseases like cancer right here.