My Heartfelt Thanks
So, I’m finally getting round to writing a blog again. I thought it may have been appropriate after my little unplanned “leave of absence” in the last few months!! : )
“So, what actually happened?!?” I hear you ask. Well I guess without going into too much detail (as I don’t want to freak anyone out too much!), I was involved in an accident on the 2nd June which resulted in me suffering a serious head injury. I was then sedated to a coma state to allow my brain to repair for the next three weeks followed by a further three weeks of recuperation in hospital. It was obviously a very worrying time for my family and close friends who were at my bedside not really knowing what my future might hold.
I understand at this time a lot of prayers were said on both sides of the Atlantic as well as in Australia, Europe and many other parts of the world to ask for an improvement in my state of health and thank God the prayers worked more than I could ever have imagined!! My recovery began when I opened my eyes and generally improved from there at a pretty quick rate (which even surprised the medical consultants!) until I was well enough to be allowed home, where I am thankfully enjoying writing this from right now!
And so I am just so thankful to have come through a pretty scary experience and I am now in very good health and happy to be back singing with the lads in Celtic Thunder, strumming my guitar and singing my own music and preparing for the Autumn tour only a few weeks away!
I think the most important thing about coming through something like this is to remain positive and make sure positivity dominates your feelings right throughout the actual time you are ill and the period of recovery – and that is something I think has helped me to battle back to how I feel right now. People have commentated to me that I’m a fighter – and I suppose I can’t disagree with that! I certainly will not let somebody, or in this case something, beat me easily.
And what may surprise some people is that I have taken many positives out of the whole experience! My experience in the last two months has beyond any doubt restored my faith in the goodness of people and the natural love that honest, good people possess. I have been blessed with the most amazing and loving family that anyone could ever wish for. My father and mother, sister and brother, sister-in-law and brother-in-law and three nephews gave all their time and love for me when I was going through this very unfortunate time and, again, were, and continue to be, my personal towers of strength – as they have been throughout my life.
Alongside my immediate family, stood my loving relatives, my close friends and friends of my family, my band-mates, work colleagues and people whom I share this very special land with. When I woke from the coma and learned about the amazing things these people had done in my name, were continuing to do and the prayers and sacrifices they were saying and doing to encourage my safe recovery, I was, and still am, feeling so indebted and honored to have such amazing, kind people in my life.
My family then brought my Mac into the hospital and I was able to check my mail, and various home pages and sites and was able to read the amazing messages of support and concern from the fans of both my own music and my music with Celtic Thunder. Added to this, the hundreds of letters and parcels that were sent to my post office box with the kind words of support and I soon knew just how lucky I am to have such amazing support for me both as a singer, a songwriter, a performer and as a person in general. I swear, with all this support I think there was no way I could not have recovered so quickly!
And I’m happy to say that I have recovered very well. The doctors have given me their blessing to go back to what I live for – singing, touring and performing! And that’s exactly what I will do. So, for those who came to Atlantic City to the Celtic Thunder concerts, I sincerely apologise for not being able to travel. I was really looking forward to the residency in Harrah’s, but, alas that was not the way it was to work out. I just hope being there and seeing you this Autumn will make up for my absence. I don’t think I’ve ever been more determined, eager or excited about a CT tour in my five years with the show. It’s gonna be pretty epic – believe me!!
So, I guess again, I really just want to re-iterate my sincere thanks for all your prayers, your messages of concern and your good wishes through all the different methods of communication! As I said, I feel so lucky to have such an amazing family, friends and group of fans and followers who have shown so much love and concern for me and have, to be honest, willed me back to this incredible job I have as quickly as I have recovered. I also now have a much greater understanding of just how easily illness or health issues can enter anyone’s life, regardless of how healthy or fit you feel you are. I also have nothing but admiration and praise for the medical staff who cared for me in the various hospitals during my time there. They really do a fantastic job.
So, now it’s onwards and upwards!! I have a few “thank you “ offers which I will explain over the next few days as my way of showing my appreciation to you all for the support you have given me. And then of course it will be so great to see a lot of you in Canada and the USA on the Fall tour, at further acoustic gigs and of course then the Australian tour after Christmas. It’s always nice to say “thanks” in person!!
It does feel great to be well, to be singing again and to be back!!
Take care and lots of love,