Life, Interrupted with Simon Thomas

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Simon Thomas explores human endurance through the toughest times. In a series of interviews with well-known celebrities and notable people, he discovers how crisis and desperation can lead to hope and inspiration for a new and happy life. In each episode, we find out that there are so many others experiencing mental anguish, who have lived through the most difficult times. We hear how many have overcome tragedy to live happy and fulfilling lives. read less

Libby Scott
Aug 23 2021
Libby Scott
Libby Scott is fourteen years old. She loves hot chocolate, Taylor Swift and lives in Kent with her family. Her dad is a musician and Libby's mum is an education consultant and conference speaker. Libby is also autistic. For many years, it was a battle for her to understand herself and for her family and friends to understand her. Following an autism diagnosis, Libby was finally able to understand herself better and express how she felt. In 2018, her mum Kim, decided to share a piece of Libby's writing online. The piece went viral and was liked and retweeted thousands of times. The next year she wrote her first book with co-writer Rebecca Wescott. It is called "Can You See Me", a story about an autistic girl called Tally who tries to navigate school and her social life. Now fourteen, Libby is publishing her third book called "Ways To Be Me", which focuses on the process of getting a diagnosis. It's a brilliant and extraordinary book that not only will help many people understand autism better, but one that will give hope and perhaps more importantly, a voice to others with autism. Libby is a remarkable young lady. And it was a great honor for her and her mum Kim to join me on this episode of Life Interrupted. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact The Samaritans, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
Matt Hampson
Aug 16 2021
Matt Hampson
Sixteen years ago, Matt Hampson was a professional rugby union player with bags of potential. He was on the books of the then formidable Leicester tigers, caps for the England Under-Eighteens and Under Twenty-Ones. Everything pointed Matt having a hugely successful playing career. But on a cold Tuesday morning in March 2005, whilse training with the England Under Twenty-Ones, everything changed in one single moment. As the forwards practice, the scrum Matt was part of collapsed and his neck took the full force of the blow. Many days later, he woke up in an intensive care unit, paralyzed from the neck down and now needing a ventilator just to stay alive. He was just twenty years old, and now a tetraplegic. For many, the road back to having any kind of life again, would have looked virtually impossible. But after seventeen long months in hospital, and many more in rehabilitation, Matt began to slowly rediscover life again. Through setting up the Matt Hampson Foundation, he's now devoted his life to helping men and women have also had to face up to life changing injuries. Matt teamed up with Author Paul Kimmage, to write the extraordinary tale of his life in his brilliant book, Engage. This is the story of a man whose world collapsed. A man who then found the strength and determination to reshape his life into one that should leave us all feeling inspired. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact The Samaritans, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
Dilly Carter
Aug 9 2021
Dilly Carter
Dilly Carter may not be a name familiar to lots of people, but to the many thousands who follow her Instagram account DeClutter Dollies, she's very well known. Her daily tips and hacks help her many followers to not just declutter their homes, but to declutter their lives. She's now not just the author of a new book Create Space, which is as much about decluttering our minds as it is our homes, but she's also one of the presenters of the BBC One show Sort Your Life Out. To everyone watching on, Dilly's life looks one of order, organization and calm but it wasn't always like this. She was born in Sri Lanka and into a chaotic world as she spent the first part of her life in an orphanage. Eventually, three years later, Dilly was adopted by a couple living in England. Dilly's story is a complex one. It's the story of a reluctant man who questioned if he could ever love someone else's daughter. It's a story of an adoptive mum who had her own battles with being bipolar and the tale of rejection by Dillys blood parents. And her story is eventually one of acceptance of a couple who came to love her as their own. Dilly's life so far has brought so much help and hope to others not just practically, but emotionally and mentally as well. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact The Samaritans, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
Charlie Corbett
Aug 2 2021
Charlie Corbett
Charlie Corbett is a name that won't be familiar to many. But he has a story that should be heard by many. Charlie is a writer, journalist, public speaker, husband and father to two sons. He grew up the son of a farmer and spent his childhood living a rural life immersed in the sights and sounds of the nature around him. After university, he left his farming roots behind and spent the next twenty years as a journalist reporting on business and finance. It was about as far away from the countryside life of his youth you could get. Yet, when he was 35, Charlie's world was profoundly interrupted when after a long struggle with cancer, his mum died. As Charlie battled with the weight and despair of grief, it was the song of a skylark as he lay on the side of a lonely hill, that began to lead him on a journey of healing. It was a journey of rediscovering not just about the power of nature, but also himself. Now he's written an incredible book called 12 birds to save your life (https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/442899/12-birds-to-save-your-life/9780241503331). It's a moving tale of loss, but also one of great joy and hope, as Charlie tells the tale of the amazing power of nature, and the songs of the birds around us which bring healing and joy in even the darkest of times. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact The Samaritans, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
Jay Blades
Jun 28 2021
Jay Blades
Jay blades is the stylish star of the wonderful BBC hit show the repair shop the show where his team of talented craftsmen and women bring downtrodden family heirlooms back to life and then reunite them with their often emotional owners. Part of the show secret is Jay's charm, style, wit and warmth. A man who always shows compassion and empathy to the many who have visited the repair shop bar. But behind this calm figure is a story of an upbringing and life that was anything but serene. Growing up in northeast London, Jay's early childhood was a largely happy and innocent one, yet when he went to senior school, all that changed. He was regularly physically and verbally abused because of the color of his skin. He left school battered, emotionally scarred and with no qualifications. By the age of 21, Jay was homeless. It was only in his 30s that he began to turn his life around, heading to university and then making changes in his life that transformed him and the lives of hundreds of young people through his various community projects. Now he's written a wonderful book called "Making It" about his life, and as he admits the most impressive restoration he's carried out has been on himself. His is a challenging but wonderfully inspiring story. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact The Samaritans, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
Tony Bellew
Jun 21 2021
Tony Bellew
Tony Bellew is a name known to many who follow the world of boxing. He grew up in Wavertree in Liverpool, and by the age of just eighteen, was strapping on a bulletproof vest and working as a bouncer. His childhood had almost as many knocks as he took in the ring, with the end of his parents relationship and finding himself expelled from school at the age of fifteen. As he had heard said to him many times, he felt a waste of space and his life was at a crossroads. One direction could lead to a life of street fights and crime, the other was boxing. He chose the latter, and went on to become a world champion, but also held the British Commonwealth and European titles, and his glittering career culminated in two defining victories against David Heye. Tony Bellew's story of a chubby kid growing up in Liverpool to a world champion, is an example of willpower, incredible resilience and total dedication. After over 20 years in the ring, what you're about to hear is the tale of a man who has overcome the doubters and reached the pinnacle of his sport. Yet he is still vulnerable and honest enough to admit, he continues to face an almost daily battle with his demons. He's also just written a brilliant new book called Everybody Has A Plan Until They Get Punched In The Face, where he draws on the lessons he's learned from life in the ring to help others deal with the punches that life can throw all of us. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact The Samaritans, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
Lynsey Crombie
Mar 15 2021
Lynsey Crombie
Lynsey Crombie is a best selling author, businesswoman, and TV personality. But behind Lindsay's success is a much darker story. She first came to prominence when by sheer chance, she landed a role on channel for obsessive compulsive cleaners, which evolved to a regular slot on ITV this morning, where she shared not just her love of cleaning, but as secrets and hacks to a cleaner house and became known as the 'Queen Of Clean'. Throughout the pandemic, Lindsay has continued to share her brilliant cleaning hacks on social media with her many followers, and it led to the release of her latest book, The 15 Minute Clean. Yet behind the successful career women, is a difficult and challenging history. Age just 24 married and expecting twins, her life was interrupted in perhaps one of the worst ways possible. In the early hours of one morning, without any warning, her husband was arrested. Shortly afterwards the stress caused by the ordeal brought about the premature birth of her twins. She had to endure living on a knife edge, watching her premature twins fighting for their lives, while not knowing why her husband had been arrested and detained. Slowly, Lindsay discovered her husband's dark secret. He was charged for pedophilia. For a time her world fell apart. She struggled to share her pain with anyone and became a compulsive cleaner as a way of coping with her trauma. Lindsey's story is both brutal and heartbreaking. But it's also one of triumph and hope. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact the samaritans, free any time, from any phone, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky
Dr.Emma Kavanagh
Feb 22 2021
Dr.Emma Kavanagh
The last year has been a period of life like no other, as the Coronavirus pandemic has not only gripped the UK, but the World. For months on-end we’ve been asked to live our lives in a completely different way. For so many of us we’ve spend the last year working from home. For those of us who are parents we’ve seen our children spending most of the last few terms away from school and time with those we love, family and friends has been largely spent on screens rather than in person. And tragically for people up and down the country we've seen family and friends lost to this devastating virus. This has been a period of time when all our lives have been interrupted. Its a period when all of us have struggled with anxiety, fear, stress and loss. The loss of those we love, and the life we once had. My guest on this episode of Life Interrupted is a lady who has spent her life helping people deal with trauma. Dr. Emma Kavanagh is a police and military psychologist and also a best selling author. She’s also someone who has spend her entire life dealing with her own anxiety and mental health challenges. Throughout the pandemic, Emma’s honest posts online have been helping countless others through this strange new world we now find ourselves in. So if you, like so many, have found this past year incredibly hard, I have no doubt that Emma’s wise words will not only encourage you, but also remind you of that powerful truth. That you are not alone. If you have been through life events similar to those described in this episode and you need someone to talk to, please contact the samaritans, free any time, from any phone, on 116 123 And if you'd like to share your thoughts with Simon, he'd love to hear from you: Twitter @SimonThomasSky