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Walking 20 miles for Beat SCAD because Raise awareness and funds for SCAD

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  • Event: Cornish Coastal Walk, 04 May 2019

Beat SCAD

We raise funds for SCAD research to understand the cause & find treatments

Charity Registration No. 1164066

Story

In May I have decided to walk 20 miles along the North Cornish Coast, finishing on my favourite beach in the World. I’m lucky enough to be doing this with lots of people who I love very much! Less than 18 months ago I could not even walk up the stairs without having chest pain and breathlessness.

Some of you may not know this, but just over a year ago I had a heart attack. I was 37, fit and healthy. It came as a massive shock to not only me but my family too. I was diagnosed with having a Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (a SCAD). It is a rare thing to happen and when it does, often affects women of my age.

I came across Beat SCAD through the British Heart Foundation. It has been a wealth of knowledge and support to me. Research is in it’s early stages but with  funds raised more research can take place to help us understand SCAD and the reasons for it happening, for example is it genetic? Will there be a chance my children have them?

My biggest fear after my heart attack is that it would happen again and that I would die, leaving my 3 beautiful children with no Mummy. Luckily, research and campaigning for awareness by Beat SCAD means   that if I was unfortunate enough to have it happen again, that hopefully the medical team that look after me would know how to treat me and not misdiagnose  the heart attack as something else.

If you have any money to donate to this cause that would be great, but if not please spread awareness of SCAD to people you know. Fit, healthy, young(ish!) women can have heart attacks too... xxx

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