The Road Ahead Lies Within.
In 2012 and 2015 the Grim Reaper did his level best to ruin my day, but thanks to the skill of my cardiac teams the old ticker continues to receive an adequate blood supply and I’m still upright and breathing, and I’m still on the bike.
One #heartattack, one open heart surgery, one #stent in my crucial left main stem, one collapsed lung, one partial left bundle branch block, fluid on my lungs, #Tachycardia, #Bradycardia, three hospital stays, four treadmills, four echocardiograms, two angiograms, a Cardiac CT Scan and more ecg’s, blood thinning injections and blood tests than I care to remember in four years, are a reminder of how eventful and unpredictable living with coronary heart disease can be, but it is what it is.
However, that said, it is a particularly nasty piece of work when it comes knocking at the door of a child or young person and this is where wonderful charities like the Childrens Heartbeat Trust come into their own, providing as they do emotional and practical support to these young people and their devoted families….and I for one salute each and every one of you.
Young Hearts Tour 2019 is a 1000+ miles solo cycle (with support) Planet-X Ireland-Bicycles, BTR Direct Ltd, Ulster Speed Promotions Ltd – Ulster Road Racing in Focus magazine in Summer 2019 for the Children’s Heartbeat Trust, and hopefully raise some awareness of heart disease along the way.
The Northern Ireland charity provides practical and emotional support to families of children and young people born with heart disease.
They work very closely with Clark Clinic, the children’s cardiac ward at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.
As well as making regular visits to Clark Clinic, they help to fund top quality medical equipment to ensure children receive the best possible care and treatment.
Other ways the Children’s Heartbeat Trust provide support to families include: financial support for Clark Clinic, local family support groups and fun days, provision of parent accommodation, research fellowships, campaigning and an independent counselling service.