Cathy Wield, daughter of a British diplomat, lived most of her childhood overseas but was educated at boarding school in the UK.

She married Phil during her medical training. After qualifying as a doctor, she chose to stay at home to raise her 4 children, until she role swapped with Phil to start her medical career.

She became an Emergency Physician but also has experience in Psychiatry. Her medical career was interrupted twice by mental illness.

The first episode was prolonged and severe and culminated in brain surgery. Her sudden, complete and miraculous recovery astonished the medical profession. She returned to work and became a passionate anti-stigma campaigner. This led to her first book, ‘Life After Darkness; a doctor’s journey through severe depression’ (Radcliffe, 2006).

A relapse spurred her on to write ‘A Thorn In My Mind: mental illness, stigma and the church’ (Instant Apostle 2011).

Cathy re-discovered the joys of creative writing while living in Denver, Colorado and now runs workshops using the ‘free writing’ technique. She continues to combine her medical career with her passion for wellbeing through writing and speaking on these important subjects.