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About Liam Ryan

Former Liverpool architect Liam Ryan was diagnosed with “one of the worst cases” of head and neck cancer ever seen at Aintree University Hospital in 2002. But with world-class medical expertise and the support of his friends and family, he managed to beat the illness – and now he’s written a book about it titled “Cancer 4 Me 5 (after extra time)”.

Website: http://liamryan5cancer4.com

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My 6 Pillars of Resolve

My 6 Pillars of Resolve

I attended a cancer conference recently and some of the medics said to me “I wish some of my patients were like you”. It didn’t register with me initially but later I realized that perhaps I had the ability to go places they couldn’t reach. A regular stumbling block...
LIFE – A Simple Complexity

LIFE – A Simple Complexity

I am quite enjoying being in my fifties. The stage of your life when all of the elements, if not quite come together, get as close are they are probably going to. It is the brow of the hill of life. You are old enough to look back and be reflective and wise, but still...
Ultimate Gratitude

Ultimate Gratitude

There can never be enough gratitude in the world. After I survived my cancer ordeal I had a lot of people to thank. And my greatest source of guilt by then was how little I had known about what people in the medical world do. Now I will never let myself forget again....
Confessions of an Inspirational Blogger

Confessions of an Inspirational Blogger

At the same time every month, you know it will appear.  You begin with anticipation, then delight, but soon fear. What will I say this time, what can I possibly write to 7 million readers, that’s what brings the fright. Michael Hurwitz soon comes calling, an email...
A Personal Interview

A Personal Interview

I attended a job interview recently. It was my first one for a long time. And it was for a good job. But I am 54 these days, I wear an eyepatch and having been self-employed in a small town for almost 20 years, I believed the odds were well against me. There would...
The Cycle of Life

The Cycle of Life

I hugged my eldest son, Christy, two weeks ago, probably for the first time. He was about to disappear through the departure gates to board a flight to Dubai and begin a new chapter of his life with Emirate Airlines. Grown men don’t often embrace but we both knew this...
We Are All Equal in the End

We Are All Equal in the End

My father-in-laws final words to me were that he was amazed how quickly his life had passed. He was 75. Not old by any means, but not exactly a short run either. If he was saying that at 75, what is it like at 50, or 35, or in your teens. They are words that have...
A Tribute to a Great, Ordinary Man

A Tribute to a Great, Ordinary Man

Jack Quigley was an ordinary man. A lovely ordinary man. Sometimes we forget that the word ”extraordinary” is primarily composed of the word “ordinary”. Before I left for my surgery in Liverpool in 2002 we had one final night together in my local pub in the town where...
Put Your Priorities in the Right Order

Put Your Priorities in the Right Order

People often ask me how my attitude to life has changed on both sides of my cancer ordeal. Sometimes, rather than embark on a detailed explanation, I just tell the following story. U2 embarked on a World tour in 2005 with 3 big dates in their home city, Dublin. I had...
A Journey to End the Journey

A Journey to End the Journey

In my previous article I described how I often use the analogy of a mountain to help me tackle the challenges of life. But in 2007 I actually moved the mountain from analogy to reality.  By then any remaining doubts that my recovery was not both incredible and...

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