In The Blink of an Eye. The Peter Coghlan story
As a soldier, Peter Coghlan faced bombs, bullying, murderous mobs and Hodgkins Lymphoma, the aggressive cancer which ended his military career.
But after moving to Perth, Australia with Jade, the love of his life, there was no time to dwell on the past as Peter enjoyed a pre-dinner drink on the patio with friends and family.
The future on that hot, sunny evening seemed as bright as the weather until, suddenly and shockingly, his dreams were shattered by a massive brain stem stroke.
A frantic dash to hospital and emergency surgery rushed by in a blur and it was only when Peter awoke from a coma that he realised the awful truth.
The stroke had left him virtually paralysed, imprisoned in his own body, suffering from what is called locked in syndrome.
But at least he could blink.
Using an alphabet board to communicate, he spelled out his determination to get back everything he’d lost.
Peter defied the odds and the experets and last year completed the 12 kilometre City to Surf on his own.