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Breakdown – Essay from Campbell Wallace

Newark Well Being Event
Cedric Ford Pavilion
Newark Show Ground
Newark
NG24 2NY

16 & 17 September

 

There are some of you who know I was a successful rally driver. Cars are a part of my life which bring me great pleasure. Don’t make the mistake of thinking I am speed obsessed; my enjoyment comes from an appreciation of design, advancing technology: and memories of a time when the competition was bought me a large amount of pleasure. My father worked with me during my rallying days, and on balance, this memory brings the most pleasure.

The ownership of a quality car also brings great pleasure to anyone who enjoys driving. Now, being a Scotsman, I am a little careful with my money! I see sense in owning a car which will hold, or possibly increase in value. Some time ago an opportunity came to buy a rare and collectible motorcar for a sensible price. I am not writing the car was purchased ‘for a song’ far from it, the combination of condition, history, and its previous ownership resulted in my decision to purchase the vehicle.

Each year I travel to France on a business trip. In our work, the minerals we trade, have to be personally selected, and therefore, Carol and I chose to travel to a trade show in Alsace. Do not mistake, the trip for a holiday, the journey is 700+ miles, and the heat at the event is stifling. In fact, it was so hot at the show this year; I found myself having to take great care of my well-being.

The journey is an opportunity to take my classic car out for a decent run. Long stretches of clear motorways and the final 160 kilometers of twisting mountain roads, bring me great enjoyment. And on this journey, a problem occurred. Two hundred miles from the destination, the oil warning light came on as I was driving. I stopped at the service station and dipped the sump. No problem, the levels were fine. The car is extensively serviced, and although a high-performance vehicle, it is never driven to excess.

The next two hundred miles were driven carefully and as I drove the car, many years of mechanical engineering passed through my mind. What could be the causes? Well, the first thing to accept is the light comes on because the sensor is detecting low pressure. Therefore, there is a sequence of possible problems to consider. And there was another consideration; the warning light was intermittent, an intermittent warning is often ignored. In my mind I went through a list of possible failures or faults: Sensor failure, damaged or blocked oil cooler, or the worse of problems, a £1000 oil pump failure. This replacement is a big job, as the oil pump is deep within the engine and to change it is a major transplant.

At the nearest town to my accommodation, a VW and Audi trained mechanic suggested the problem was a damaged or failed oil sensor. He recommended the car was returned to the U.K by recovery. I decided this was the right option, although deep within my psyche, I ‘knew’ the problem was not serious. The A.A recovery system is fantastic. “We’ll get your car to an Audi dealer in Colmar, and if the cost to repair the problem is over a certain price, the car will be returned to the U.K for repair.” A couple of days later, the diagnosis was “10,000 euros to fix it; we’ll take your car home”.

Imagine the feeling, 10,000 euros to repair the car. Audi Colmar had diagnosed the oil pump as failing. And deep inside, with years of mechanical engineering experience, my inner being still said ‘Campbell, oil pumps work, or they do not, it is not the oil pump’ – My car was loaded onto the delivery truck, and ten days or so later it appeared outside my home.

As already mentioned the car is well maintained, and it was decided to remove the sump and pressure test the oil pump and the oil delivery system. Inside the engine the metal has become a light golden colour, it is immaculate. There is no indication of excessive oil heat, and after testing the garage confirm the pump is fine. The diagnosis and analysis continue, and eventually, the fault is discovered, a ten thousand to one chance, the oil filter membrane has for some reason collapsed, and the flow of blood of the engine is restricted. A thirty-pound consumable is the simple cause of the problem. In truth, I was not surprised, right from the beginning my inner-being and forty+ years of mechanical engineering told me the issue was not one of great concern.

The experience reminded me of my transplant. An illness leads me to a consultant who dismissed my chances and informed me my condition was beyond help (the Colmar garage). I knew there was a way to return to health and trusted a whole string of people to get me to the surgery (the A.A). I had surgery, and a solution was found (replacement oil filter). I am alive and well.

There is more to the comparison. The lesson is this, if you feel unwell, do not ignore the intermittent warnings (oil lamp). Even if your inner-being suggests, the symptoms are not serious, seek to advise from professionals. Listen to what is being described, and if you need a second opinion, seek one out. Trust your instincts and trust the medical professionals who will work tirelessly to keep you well. There will be some who will make mistakes, do not dwell on this, it is the positive aspects which are important.

My car is now in storage ready for the new year and more adventures. Drama over, a story told and perhaps a lesson for all of us to consider. We can learn from many facets of our life’s journey, in fact, the person who says “What can I learn from this?” will always have the advantage over the one who looks to blame others. It would be easy to say the Colmar dealership or the unsympathetic consultant was wrong and be chastised.

It is simpler to know and accept; people make mistakes, that is the way of life. All that is past is known, all which is ahead is unknown. Learn from your experiences and take advantage of the good experiences.

Live life Well

Campbell

Campbell Wallace’s Website

Campbell Wallace – Interview

Campbell talks about transplants and those who do not follow the aftercare rules. This video provides a deep insight into Cam’s thoughts about life and the reason to live. He comments on financial difficulties during illness. His commentary is varied and candid, it like being part of a good conversation. Well worth ten minutes, get a cup of coffee, a biscuit, and sit back and enjoy the moment.

Take Time To Think by Campbell Wallace

A brilliant contribution from Mr. Campbell Wallace – He ‘Pressed’ this post on his own site yesterday. Enjoy reading his thoughts about life. If you wish to send in your own ‘take’ on life or spiritual conundrums please do so.

Time To Think

Time To Think

We have different tastes, ideas, beliefs and life experiences. Travel, music, food, friends, sports, learning, charity, spiritual ideas, so many options, choices and moments. Try everything available, enjoy each moment, laugh at adversity. Celebrate each day and try not to deny yourself too much. Over indulgence is therapeutic on occasions, balance the excess with some beneficial exercise. My preference is sharing time with Carol, family, friends, travel and not forgetting our business. Ask me about life, my answer is live it, love it, enjoy it.

Sometimes, I look at my world through rose tinted glasses. Why not? When we search to see the great opportunities the world has to offer, we see them, we really do. In the same way, those who decide to see the negative, the difficult, the hard way, will discover darkness. Make your choice and watch life change. I know, you’re thinking “I wish it was that easy Campbell.” I reply: You can wager life can be as easy or difficult as you make it. The moment we decide to look for the best options is the moment we find them. In the years since my transplant, I have come to know this is true. Sometimes I wonder if I should thank my illness for the lessons I have learned.

Lessons can be taken from the situations we find ourselves within. Even when going through challenging experiences and issues. It is easy to become weighed down with one problem and miss the aspects which will see us through the situation. It is imperative we seek happiness and success in our lives. For example: when I became ill, family and friends supported me through the darkest moments. On reflection, I would have allowed them to help me more than I did. Most of us believe being independent is a sign of strength. It is worth considering how much stronger we can be by accepting the support of those who care.

Deciding to search for the best answers to certain hurdles. Often means accepting progress can be slow. Impatience results in people looking for the easy ways out of an issue. We can choose to demonstrate how to be strong during adversity. And the determination to assess without bias is a powerful asset. Those burdened with speculation and misinformation, cannot see the whole picture. I am thinking about this because of the event in London this morning. Again we are reminded the world is unpredictable, and terrible disasters occur.

I watched the horror of The Grenfell Tower. And like all of us, my feeling of sadness and sorrow for those involved is beyond words. My journey pales into insignificance when we consider the fire in London. The days to come will be impossible to anticipate. I offer my prayers to those involved in the tragedy. There is no need for speculation bar two further comments. The first suggestion is, don’t look for blame. Enter a place of kindness and fortitude, express a desire that lessons will be learned and fast and positive changes are made. The second is a reminder: It is situations like this which send the message ‘We must live every day.’

Live Life Well – Never Waste A Moment

Campbell

Campbell Wallace – Exhibitor Profile

Campbell Wallace

Campbell Wallace

Anyone who meets and then enters into a conversation with Campbell Wallace is certain to benefit in some way. Campbell’s sparkling whit, cheeky smile and open-mindedness shine through. Once we get past his bright personality, we enter into a realm of empathy and kindness which captivates any who talk to him. Do not consider this exaggeration, all who know Campbell recognise his stellar personality. To say he is well loved and admired is an understatement.

A man’s metal is his ability to listen to his friends and fellow humans. A man who can then reflect upon a conversation and offer a few words of hope and inspiration is rare in this ‘no time’ world. Campbell understands the reality and purpose of life; he knows we have to live life to its best. The hundreds of people who love him, know about his illness, his bravery and determination. He overwhelmed a life-threatening disease, underwent transplant surgery and took his life back. His friends know, he lives life and loves every second of his ‘Second Chance.’

He is a Scot, and his roots are evident in his story. From a robust and disciplined upbringing, Campbell became a rally driver, garage owner and finally settled down to a fantastic life working with Carol in their successful crystal business. He never stops to reflect or look back ‘I’ve too much to do, so much to see and enjoy’ sums up his attitude to life.

Campbell’s story is recorded in a treasure trove of memories and wise words. His book ‘Second Chance’ is an extraordinary account of facing death, major surgery and recovery. The book should be used as a guide to approaching the long-term implications of life-threatening illness. For examples: the man who is frightened of minor surgery or procedure will sail through the day surgery without a moment’s concern. Wondering what to say to someone who is ill and how you can help them. Why the implications of one’s financial situation should be considered. Dealing with anxiety, and dissolving fear and how to talk about one’s illness with friends and family. It is an insightful, honest and compelling read. If you have a friend who is unwell, consider the book ‘Second Chance’ as a gift of caring and compassion.

Mr Campbell Wallace’s gratitude for his gift of life cannot be quelled. He thanks his donor and the donor’s family every day of his life. His silent words of thanks become the first thoughts and meditation each day of his life. The importance of understanding the donor system and why it is important to consider entering the NHS Organ Donor Registry is Campbell’s mission. He is recognised as an NHS Organ Donor Ambassador. His handsome portrait has been seen on full sized billboards and digital displays across Manchester.

Short Interview About Being A Donor Ambassador

When visiting an event where Campbell has a stand, take a few minutes to talk to him about his book and the NHS Organ Donor Registry. It is entirely probable your perspective on life will change one more step upward.

http://www.campbellwallace.org