At approximately 00.30 on 16th June 2013 I awoke with a severe tightening in my chest. I was having a Heart Attack.
I was 42 years old, happily married with two beautiful daughters. It was a shock!
However, the clues were there. I knew …
- I was overweight
- I should have been doing more exercise
- I could have been eating more healthily
- I got stressed at work
- I was drinking too much
- My work / life balance wasn’t balanced.
I guess you could have described me as “a heart attack waiting to happen”. Isn’t the benefit of hindsight a wonderful thing!
Since the Heart Attack a lot has changed.
Through this Blog I’m sharing some of my experiences. Hopefully it’ll be entertaining, but mostly the intention is to raise awareness so that others may benefit. Initially it was all about uncertainties and fragility. Now it’s more about hope and the future. I have learned that life can go on (and improve) after a Heart Attack.
Although many changes have been forced on me, in many ways my experience has been a positive one.
Please tell people about this Blog if you know someone who may benefit from its content.
I’d also be delighted to receive feedback.
Note: In case you’re interested, I’ve left the text from my original “About” page below. It’s funny how things develop!
At approximately 00.30 on 16th June 2013 I awoke with a severe tightening in my chest. I was having a heart attack.
I am 42 years old. I am happily married with two beautiful daughters aged 12 and 13. This was not in the plan.
I have my own business, a team of 5 business consultants. Things have been going well. We are growing and in demand, working with some great clients.
For the past 20 years or so I have worked hard, sometimes really hard. I enjoy a drink and watching sport. Physical exercise comprises the occasional round of golf (which I have been doing less because I’ve been busy at work).
I guess, from time to time, people may have described me as “a heart attack waiting to happen”… well the wait’s over!
Its still very early days, but I guess I’m writing this for three reasons:
- To help me structure my thoughts;
- To help keep friends and family in the loop; and
- Possibly, just possibly, to help someone else who may be in a similar position. This didn’t have to happen to me, it just did.
I won’t necessarily post every day or every week. Setting constraints would defeat the purpose. I will post updates as and when, for as long as it makes sense to.