On an otherwise ordinary evening in September 1994 I was unfortunate enough to suffer a cardiac arrest out of the blue. I probably would have died that night had it not been for the fact that my husband 'fireman Pete' had not gone rugby training, as he normally would, and was on hand to resuscitate me. I learnt that I had a life threatening genetic heart condition called Cardiomyopathy. Cardiomyopathy, a heart muscle disease, is often genetic and can affect any age, including babies and children. It is thought to affect more than 160,000 people in the UK. 1 in 3 are misdiagnosed with early warning signs of the disease (breathlessness, palpitations, dizziness) being mistaken for asthma or anxiety. It is the biggest cause of sudden death in under 35s. A prompt diagnosis of Cardiomyopathy can help save lives. At present there is no cure. However with timely and correct diagnosis and management most individuals are able to go on to live a long and fulfilling life.
This was a very scary time for us, filled with uncertainty and dread. Having read much inaccurate information and convinced my life was over we were so relieved to discover the amazing charity that is Cardiomyopathy UK. They are a constant source of support, advice and reassurance on a practical and emotional level. To find out more about their work please visit www.cardiomyopathy.org
In return for their support and to help enable Cardiomyopthy UK to continue helping others in years to come I have made it a mission of mine to raise awareness and vital funds ( they receive NO government funding whatsoever). Having previously done a tall ship mast climb ('07), the London Marathon ('10), and 'mushing' in the Finnish Arctic circle ('14) I needed a new and different challenge. What could be more different than saddling up for 5 days in September 2018! Myself and Liz Jackson will be travelling through the Mongolian wilderness on horseback on a journey that will take us through undulating hills, valleys and larch forests. Daily we will be spending 5-6 hours in the saddle. By night we will spend evenings by the camp fire and then sleep in tents in remote spots. What better way to challenge ourselves whilst raising vital awareness and funds!!!!!!?
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THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY ❤️
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