Living With Timmy – Reviews


I had some nice constructive feedback recently from MacMillan Cancer Support regarding Living With Timmy, which I wrote about my experience of being diagnosed and living with a brain tumour.

The book is available from Amazon (globally) to purchase either in eBook or printed format. See the links on my blog.




Bargain Books – Amazon

My two titles are on sale at from tomorrow at 0.99p each for one week only. After that they are back to their normal price of £1.99.

So hurry, get them at this special discount while you can!


Living with Timmy


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Bargain Books –

My two titles are on sale at from tomorrow at 0.99c each for one week only. After that they are back to their normal price of $2.99.

So hurry, get them at this special discount while you can!


Living with Timmy


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Timmy Update


The MRI scan has been and gone over 2 weeks ago and still no appointment with the neurologist ….

The good news, however, is Timmy is stable. It was 2 years since the last scan so my concern this time was that any growth would be more noticeable. There was relieve all round when I got the news over the telephone. I’ve also had written confirmation of the scan result since then.

The sequel to Living with Timmy is pushed to one side for the time being, just when I had been thinking about sequel titles. Timmy’s Coming Out Party, was one idea. Or perhaps, Timmy’s Eviction! Anyway I can forget about Timmy for now and focus properly on my next writing project!

My thoughts turn to Timmy

Having just back from my Rocky Mountaineer adventure my thoughts are now very much focused on, Timmy.

Timmy, is the brain tumour I was diagnosed with back in 2012. He is the lifelong companion who has been with me since birth. In the short memoir, I self-published earlier this year, I relive the events of that period up to the present time.

It is two years since my last MRI brain scan, maybe a period of quiet complacency? Well my thoughts are very much focused now. My next scan is scheduled for tomorrow, 27 May. The result is likely to follow soon after – that all too familiar edgy, waiting period. Stay calm, stay positive.

By way of a peace offering to Timmy, I am giving a 50% discount over the Bank Holiday weekend on Living with Timmy. Even more for US purchasers.

Wish me luck!


Living with Timmy

A recent article on the website :

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It is 2012 and I already know this is going to be a great year!

Why? This is the year I plan to retire after forty years of working in financial services. A big and bold step for a fifty eight year old but it means I will be able to spend more time with my wife and family. More quality time both at home and abroad. I’ll also be able to enjoy those hobbies and interests that I just never got time for. However, in those early months of 2012, I had no idea of the events that would unfold and change my whole perspective on life.

A little bit about me first before I continue my story. I live in the north east of England and I spent my childhood years in Blyth which is about twelve miles north of Newcastle upon Tyne. During the whole of my career I have worked in and around the River Tyne and River Tees regions employed by a large global company since leaving school. I met my future wife whilst I was based at their Newcastle upon Tyne office in 1978. She worked for the same company. For me it was love at first sight – this was the woman I wanted to spend the rest of my days with! She lived locally in Dunston, Gateshead and we married two years later in 1980.

In 1983 our only son Christopher was born. Susan gave up work to be a full time mother to Christopher. After he left university he eventually ended up in New York where he met his future wife Katie who is from Alabama. They both work in New York and live in an apartment in Brooklyn with their dog Juno.

Things have changed a lot in the financial services industry over the years as no doubt it has in every other industry. It’s not the change but the pace it has been changing at which just keeps accelerating with each passing year. It is like an unstoppable train and you either cling on for dear life or get off at the next station if you can. I have had challenges thrown at me all throughout my career and always faced up to these even when I was often well out of my comfort zone. You learn a lot about yourself doing that and it helped me develop interpersonal skills for those leadership roles I undertook.

My quiet, reflective nature was not always suited to some of the pressures of leadership I faced and I found myself having to adapt my personal style many times. There is no doubt that the older you get the harder it is to adapt to change particularly if it is relentless. I think there comes a time when you start to question that change. In my job the change was implemented by a very autocratic management style at the very top of the organisation, or at least that is how it felt. Many things did not seem logical or pass the common sense test and to question this was seen as being “negative”. I have always been positive in my outlook but trying to present some business strategies to your team, when you are not fully on board yourself, was always very difficult for me.

I was in my mid forties when I first started to think ahead about retirement. I formulated a plan even at that early stage. The main concern for my wife and I was financial security. How would we cope? Therefore our main thrust has been working towards being financially secure to enjoy retirement without any financial worries. Pay debt down and build up savings were the building blocks to achieving that goal. I was lucky enough to be in a good employment pension scheme which I knew would be a great asset.
The target age I set myself early on was fifty eight. By then I would have completed forty years service, maximising my pensionable years, but taking a small financial hit because I was retiring before the age of sixty.

Here I was in 2012. The plan was coming together and this was crunch time. Did I have second thoughts? Would we manage financially? These are the kind of thoughts that must go through most people’s minds in the same position. It certainly was a case of do I stay or do I go? You’re never quite sure despite all that planning. However, for me it was an easy question to answer. In early June I handed in my notice of my intention to retire at the end of September. It was the start of a bright new world!

You can read Paul Korhonen’s, reflective, touching and very human story in full in his new book, ‘Living with Timmy’, available on Amazon:


A nice email …

I received a nice email from an unexpected source today. This really made my day! Here is an extract from that email :

We found “Living with Timmy” an absorbing read, which I’m sure, will inspire others to cope with potentially serious health issues. Whilst its main focus was centred on “Timmy” and its serious implications, the book also delivered some words of wisdom from your life experiences and gave the reader occasional reason to smile as you recalled, with gentle light hearted undertones, your initial interactions with the health experts.

From knowing you as a senior work colleague (although our paths only crossed now and then), your caring and loyal family support and the backup of, despite its criticism by some, a first rate NHS, I am confident you are in a good place to take on whatever challenges “Timmy” presents you with in the years to come.

This will definitely keep me going for weeks to come!