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The Game Changer


Have you even been given news that changed your life? I have, though it wasn’t necessarily for the best. Three years ago I felt a lump, I won’t disclose where. I visited my GP who referred me to the oncology department at my local hospital. After various tests I was confirmed with having cancer. As you can imagine, this diagnosis shook my world. I was faced with the uncomfortable reality that is my own mortality. The doctors informed me that because we had caught it so early, there was a high chance of remission.

So I underwent the life changes that the big C calls for. I informed my friends and family, asked for leave from work and mentally prepared myself for the horrors of chemotherapy. After my original chemotherapy treatments I got sick. I felt like the treatment was making things worse, I had felt fine before! Now here is the shocking part. At some time during my treatment somebody must have reviewed my file. I was hauled in for more tests and this time I was told I didn’t have cancer and hadn’t in the first place.

The staff at the hospital were so apologetic, but as I’m sure you can imagine I was beside myself. I was referred to Bolt Burdon Kemp, who are a specialist when it comes to medical compensation claims. Their staff were extremely sympathetic as they heard my story and over the proceeding court case amazingly supportive. They helped me file a medical malpractice claim and eventually won the case for me.

Though the money didn’t erase the past, it did help me financially. I had lost a lot of income as a result of not working and the bills were piling up. It could never change the emotional trauma I went through though. In a way, I’m more thankful for every day that I wake up. Coming face to face with your own death really changes your perspective.



My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.

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