Interviewing James Crossley, para-cyclist, was a real highlight for me last week. My final question to him: what advice would you give to other children going through what you went through?
For context, James was diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was nine years old and underwent two major operations. He was left with weakness down his right side, speech impairments and his vision were affected. He's now a cyclist, barely one second away from a World Record in his race discipline and aiming for Paris 2024.
And what was his advice to children whose lives are turned upside down by a life-threatening condition? Delivered perfectly, with no pretence and frank simplicity: "If you're told you can't do it, you can." It wasn't empty advice said by an idealist - it was real advice from someone with a disability.
"If you're told you can't do it, you can", James Crossley