By way of introduction, I am Richard Paterson – the one entrusted with the dream of creating this Charity to help blokes to “take ownership” of their own health.
I am an ordinary bloke who has been on a bit of an extraordinary journey. But I want to make my journey count. So I am using my experiences to serve as the foundation of learning how to help other blokes cope a bit better with their life –if/when they encounter health challenges, but more importantly to act proactively to avoid this.
My life as a dad is somewhat unusual, in that I have raised my son on my own since he was 4 ( in 2004 ). My journey has included 8 years of litigation in the Family Court, whilst raising my precious boy alone. That was tough for everyone involved. Simultaneously I had to hold down a well paid job to finance the process.
Not surprisingly, I found myself with an array of less-than-ideal health conditions. The worst was the discovery of a “precancer” condition. As life was hectic, as many men do, I put my health at the lower end of my priorities. And I chose (typical bloke!!!) not to discuss the diagnosis with anyone. I just “sucked it up” and moved on.
However, one morning, 2 years after the diagnosis, I woke up and my immediate thought was “what happens to my son if this becomes cancer?” That catapulted me into action.
I shall spare the minute details but suffice to say the condition was more serious than if I had have attended to it earlier. I heard a saying “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second-best time is NOW”. I applied this to my health, and I knuckled down to taking back control of MY HEALTH.
I have got back in the driver’s seat (displacing fate) and choosing to live my life by design rather than default. I have dropped 50 kgs and negated the need for most of the prescription drugs I was needing.
My mission now is to raise the volume on the need for us blokes to talk about our health and help each other toward better health. I want to add years to men’s lives, but also life to men’s years. I am full of passion and I will get this done, whatever it takes. Already my passion has drawn some amazing resources to enable this significant work to save and improve the lives of Aussie Blokes – dramatically!
I started out with ZERO knowledge about health, but my WHY was so compelling that I just found a way. From my experience I now realise that “when I found my why, HOW found me”. And I reckon this experience is available to anyone who finds a powerful enough drive to make change. My mission is to help blokes find their reason to take ownership of their health – and they will find the right process for their given situation.
My primary intention, in all communication is to be challenging, but encouraging in order to motivate positive change.
Inspiring and enabling better relationships is a core intention of mine in all I do.
In regard to Men’s health my primary objective is to encourage and empower men to take ownership of their health.
Across the board I believe WHY is far more powerful than WHAT or HOW.
I believe we are ALL created ON purpose and FOR a purpose -and I am passionate about helping whoever I can to discover theirs.
“What we focus on grows” is a core belief of mine.
The adage that it’s better to build a fence at the top of a cliff than to run an ambulance service at the bottom is a fundamental guide for me