Michael Crossland shares his health journey & how these words 'everything will be okay' carried him through. This is a conversation about perspective and hope! Find out more about Michael below:
Michael Crossland was diagnosed with aggressive life-threatening cancer before his first birthday called neuro blastoma - a huge primary cancer that explodes through the body. He had more than a dozen tumours through his body and the doctors said he had only a ten per cent chance of surviving.
On his first birthday he started chemotherapy and the aim was to keep him alive long enough to operate. The family were warned the treatment could kill him but thankfully Michael did survive, but the chemo left him with permanent and serious damage to his heart, his lungs and his immune system.
Michael then survived a cardiac arrest before his 12th birthday. Doctors told Michael school and sport were not options - infection and fatigue were too great a risk. His only wish was to lead a normal life and be able to do all the things that other normal kids took for granted every day.
While he was in hospital as a little boy, someone placed a velcro glove and a bat in his hand - and his unstoppable love affair with baseball began.
At, 18 year old, Michael was a gifted baseball player and he was spotted by a U.S. talent scout and offered a baseball scholarship in Texas, which he went on to enjoy.
In the last five years, Michael has presented to over 600,000 people from all walks of life around the world and he has given hope and strength to many people facing life threatening illnesses.
Despite spending nearly a quarter of his life in hospital, Michael has forged a highly successful career in the corporate world, represented Australia in his chosen sport and featured regularly across all forms of media. He also runs a school and orphanage in Haiti and has been presented with the Australia Day Ambassador role for 8 consecutive years.
The award-winning documentary on his life, by ABCs Australian Story, has been viewed by over 4 million people, and in 2016 he released his first tell-all autobiography, which is now a best seller across 6 different countries.
He has shared the stage with the likes of Sir Richard Branson and the Dalai Lama & a recent video of him speaking in LA has been viewed by more than 70 million people. Michael is the ultimate optimist and the master of living life to it's fullest, and he brings us all along for the journey!