A couple of years ago a random CRY screening at my workplace diagnosed my congenital heart defect and on 26th July, it will be 1 year since the surgery to fix me. To raise money for the charity that extended my life, I am hoping to swim the length of the English Channel in 1 week (21 miles / 33,796.14 meters / 1,352 lengths!), ending on 26th July.
Every week in the UK at least 12 apparently fit and healthy young people die of undiagnosed cardiac conditions. With your donation, CRY can reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD) by working with cardiologists and family doctors to establish good practice and appropriate screening facilities to promote and protect the cardiac health of our young. By supporting CRY you will help save young lives from these potentially fatal cardiac conditions. See how your support can help by visiting www.c-r-y.org.uk.
ONE LAST THING, if you get the chance to be checked out for anything health-wise, PLEASE take it, even if you have no symptoms and feel well. Around 80% of young people who die suddenly from undiagnosed cardian conditions do so having had no symptoms. I had no symptoms of my condition and have always been a fit and active person, so never thought anything might be wrong with my heart. Without this screening, I would never have known about my condition. Eventually my heart would have been damaged and this would have reduced my life expectancy by around 10 years.
Look after yourselves lovelies!