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Jon was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 9 and after his first admission during his GCSEs at the age of 16 had a clear ambition to become a doctor in order to provide the same support he received during that very first admission. Although told medicine was too difficult a degree let alone career, Jon pursued his ambition and dreamt of working full time ‘just like everyone else’.
In August 2012, after graduating within 5 years and completing his first year as a junior doctor, full-time, Jon travelled abroad to work for charity but in October 2012 was rushed back to the UK and admitted to hospital where he remained for 6 months. During the admission he was told that he required a lung transplant to save his life. Although wishing for the referral to the surgeons to be pushed back as much as possible — even just 12 months — he was told that '12 months is a long time'.
At last year’s Moving Mountains Conference, in a talk named the same, Jon recalled how he began to exercise in the lead up to his appointment with the transplant surgeons in order to improve his interim quality of life and chances of surviving surgery. From being bed bound on oxygen and unable to brush his teeth without needing a break to catch his breath to running 4km without oxygen, Jon took us on the journey that allowed him to return to work and continue practicing as a doctor, 3 years on, without ever needing a lung transplant after all. Last July he went on a 1200 miles cycling journey from London to Barcelona with his friends to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. He has to-date raised in excess of £12,000.