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Jane Garvey talks to people who have lived through extraordinary events and discovers how these moments have reshaped lives in the most unpredictable ways.

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    • 4.8 • 111 Ratings

Jane Garvey talks to people who have lived through extraordinary events and discovers how these moments have reshaped lives in the most unpredictable ways.

    I stole €1.75 million from work to feed my gambling habit.

    I stole €1.75 million from work to feed my gambling habit.

    Jane Garvey talks to Tony O’Reilly about the time he was forced to confront his spiralling addiction.

    Tony O’Reilly is from County Carlow in the Republic of Ireland. He placed his first bet at the age of 24. It was 1998 and like many, he was watching the World Cup. He and a mate put a pound on Kluivert to score the first goal in the Netherlands - Argentina quarter final and a final result of 2-1. He won. And so began his relationship with gambling.

    It started as a bit of fun at the weekend but years later, once he’d got an online account, the betting escalated rapidly and soon turned in to a full-on addiction.

    On his wedding day, Tony believed he’d lost all the money that was to pay for the event. He was saved when a horse he’d backed came from nowhere to win at the Epsom Derby. And so his addiction remained a secret. Now, with mounting debts and a baby on the way, Tony started to steal from his employer in a desperate attempt to try and win and pay everything back. By the end he had stolen 1.75 million Euros. On the day the auditors arrived to check the accounts Tony went on the run.

    He ended up in prison, his marriage fell apart and he lost his home but he never placed another bet. Now, a decade on, Tony is a full-time gambling addiction counsellor with Extern Problem Gambling and gives talks at secondary schools about the dangers of betting.

    Details of organisations offering information and support with addiction are available at bbc.co.uk/actionline, or you can call for free, at any time to hear recorded information on 08000 155 947

    Do you have an extraordinary story that you’d like to share? You can contact the programme at Lifechanging@bbc.co.uk

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    • 28 min
    A falling man left me paralysed

    A falling man left me paralysed

    Jane Garvey talks to Grace Spence Green, a 25-year-old trainee doctor, about an extraordinary turning point in her life.

    Grace was walking through the atrium of the Stratford Westfield shopping centre when a man fell from several storeys up and landed directly on top of her. She woke up hearing screams and slowly realised they were her own. She was urgently telling those around her that she couldn't feel her legs.

    Grace was left seriously injured. She spent weeks in recovery in hospital, many of those nights desperately trying to wiggle a toe, many of the days learning the new skills of navigating life in a wheelchair and coming to terms with her new reality. All the while everyone around her was full of opinions and fury about what had happened to her but Grace's reaction may surprise you.

    Do you have an extraordinary story that you’d like to share? You can contact the programme at Lifechanging@bbc.co.uk

    • 28 min
    Discover extraordinary real-life stories

    Discover extraordinary real-life stories

    Jane Garvey meets incredible people who have lived through unimaginable events.

    Discover these inspiring stories of hope, resilience, bravery and opportunity, sharing in the shocks and surprises life throws at us all.

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
111 Ratings

111 Ratings

bettichat ,

Warm, thoughtful show

Good to hear JG’s warm style again

LeggyD ,

Love this Podcast

Thank you, Jane. You are a very talented broadcaster and I’m enjoying this new podcast so much.

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Burt

Another brilliant podcast Jane.

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