As you may have seen, my new book UNMASKED is out! Yeww!
Michael, being the greedy little pig that he is, not only wrote a chapter in the book but also surprised me by writing the foreword as well.
Both made me cry.
His support throughout my whole journey has been nothing short of phenomenal and he is living proof of this:
It is the lives we encounter that make life worth living – Tweet it!
I wanted to share some of his words with you, so below is the foreword he wrote for UNMASKED.
Over to Michael:
As I wheel Turia out of her room in the burns unit at Concord Hospital, my mind wanders. Three months earlier she could run for hours upon end. Now she can’t even walk. It’s hard not to rail at how unfair it seems; how I don’t want our lives to be this.
We pass a tightly sealed window and glimpse the outside world – a concrete jungle of houses, at that moment being covered with misty rain. Then out of nowhere a bright, red-bellied king parrot appears, its olive-green wings spread. Turia, her mother and I watch as it lands on the railing in front of us. ‘Look at the pretty parrot,’ Turia says softly. It checks us out. ‘Everything’s going to be all right, everything’s going to be all right’. Turia is trying her hardest to sing Bob Marley’s lyrics.
I am overwhelmed with emotion. This moment will be with me for the rest of my life because it was then I knew that my girl was going to draw on every ounce of strength she had and charge on into her recovery; and I would be right by her side every step of the way.
As Turia slowly clawed her way back from death, her plastic surgeon told me, ‘You have a mountain to climb, mate.’ Five years on, we have finally reached the peak. As you will discover in this book, Turia is pushing the boundaries of life, absorbing every precious second she has on earth. Most of all, she is happy to be living her life ‘like a boss’, as she likes to say.
It’s been both humbling and fascinating to have witnessed the resilience of the human body, her transformation from near-death to profound strength. Yeah, it’s been hard. Hard for me. Harder for Turia. Testing on our relationship? Of course.
But I’m super-proud of the woman who is by my side. I’m continually floored by her strength and tenacity, and by her will to live life to the extreme. She embodies the indomitable spirit of humanity, which we all have somewhere inside of us.
Enjoy her book!
Michael and I will be travelling around on a little book tour in a few weeks.
There’s a list of events I’ll be speaking at here:
Tuesday 18 April 2017 – 12:00pm
In conversation with Turia Pitt at Noosa Beach House
Cost: $50 per person includes 2 courses and a glass of wine.
Call to book: 07 5455 4848
Venue: Sofitel Hotel Noosa, 14-16 Hastings St, Noosa, QLD, 4567
Tuesday 18 April 2017 – 6.30pm
In conversation with Turia Pitt at Maroochydore Library
Cost: $25 per person. Tickets available here.
Bookings and prepayment essential (non-refundable).
Phone: 07 5475 8989
Venue: Maroochydore Library, 44 Sixth Ave, Maroochydore, QLD, Australia, 4558
Wednesday 19 April 2017 – 6:00pm
In conversation with Turia Pitt at Brisbane Square Library
Cost: Free event, bookings essential.
To book, email: email@example.com
Phone: (07) 3007 2800
Venue: Brisbane Square Library
Thursday 20 April 2017 – 7.00am
Breakfast with Turia Pitt at Riverbend Books
Cost: $40.00 Breakfast is included and will be prepared by the Riverbend Cafe.
More info here.
Venue: Riverbend Books, 193 Oxford Street, Bulimba, QLD, Australia, 4171
Monday 1 May 2017 – 12.30pm
Turia Pitt Dymocks Luncheon
Cost: $85: members $100: non-members. Includes a two course meal and all beverages.
More info here.
Venue: Shangri-La Hotel, 176 Cumberland St, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2000
Would love to see you at one of them!
Until next time,
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Just wondering if you will be coming to Perth at all?
Greatest admiration to you both
I am Ben Goulder’s 80 year old uncle.
Currently obtaining your book.
Please don’t bother with a reply.
My Wife and I are following your life story.
Turin will you come to New Zealand? We would love to meet you too. Caro.
Sorry Turia…my lappy auto corrects your name to Turin. ?
Hey Turia, well done lady. Best wishes with the book. You rock. Any chance of a speaking event closer to home? I’m at Moruya. I know you’re just up the coast. I’d love to see the community support and learn from you.
I can’t wait to read your book. Are you doing any talks down here in Sydney as part of your book launch? Would love to be there if you are. Mwah big hugs and love to you and michael x
Hi Turia, I would love to inspire you to come to Port Lincoln in South Australia – the home of the great white shark! I have been cheering you on from afar since I first heard of your horrific ‘accident’! Your story is phenomenal and I (more than) admire you!
I know you live far away but it would be so inspirational to so many people if you could get here to speak – and of course sell your book.
Please think about it – you would be welcome with open arms ? ?????
Are you ever going to come to the UK