011 Interview with Ray Bishop – Misdiagnosed more than once, having a forgiving heart and becoming the music man

011 Interview with Ray Bishop – Misdiagnosed more than once, having a forgiving heart and becoming the music man

Ray Bishop was born with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome. This did not affect his quality of life until after he had developed coronary heart disease. This was after many misdiagnoses. He was lucky that as by this time, cardiac ablation could be carried out on him for the Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome. This is one of the rare procedures which cures, rather than treats,…

010 Interview with Tena Kennedy, life with chronic illnesses

010 Interview with Tena Kennedy, life with chronic illnesses

Just before her 50th birthday Tena was admitted to hospital with unstable angina, and this was just the beginning of her story. Tena lives with many cardiac and respiratory chronic illnesses and she shares with us her journey, and her coping mechanisms that helped her with her glass half full outlook despite the many changes to her life. She talks…

009 Interview with Eliza Bell, a transplant chat

009 Interview with Eliza Bell, a transplant chat

In February 2019, Eliza had a successful heart transplant recipient at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire, UK. It was a life-saving event that focussed her on fundraising and being a patient advocate. Eliza explains that she was born with congenital heart disease but didn’t know about it until she was 12. What life was like as a teenager and how she…

008 Interview with Claire Berouche, heart failure and being a hero

008 Interview with Claire Berouche, heart failure and being a hero

Claire was nominated in 2020 for the BHF Heart Hero Awards. She has contributed in amazing ways to raise awareness of heart failure and has had many TV interviews, been in national papers and BHF publications. Claire tells us about her life growing up with type 1 diabetes. Like many women she shares with us how she didn’t realise she…

007 Interview with Sanjay Shah, life after 3 heart attacks

007 Interview with Sanjay Shah, life after 3 heart attacks

Sanjay made a massive difference to my state of mind during the early days of my recovery from my heart attack. A random stranger and an act of random kindness. For Sanjay, a series of life challenges culminating in a heart attack by the age of 42 contributed to some hard and fast lessons for Sanjay in how to live…

005 Confidence: Having belief about being lucky

005 Confidence: Having belief about being lucky

Gaining confidence in life after a cardiac event.  Having confidence is another mindset that is important during recovery after a heart-related health issue. I tell you about how gaining confidence with life after a cardiac event helps you get out of your own way of your rehabilitation. That you can rid yourself of doubt. You can grow your self-belief. Have…

004 Purpose: A to-day list rather than a to-do list

004 Purpose: A to-day list rather than a to-do list

Having purpose when living with a heart condition.  Today I chat about purpose. I’ll talk about what it means when living after a cardiac event. I will explain that it isn’t what you achieve but the feelings that you experience on the journey. As your body releases its natural feel-good chemical, dopamine. That it’s not always the big things that make…

002 Energy: Fun and laughter the quick fix

002 Energy: Fun and laughter the quick fix

Creating energy for living with a heart condition. In this episode, I will introduce you to another of my mindsets that I think underpins our emotional recovery after a cardiac event. To gain energy to fuel your ‘new normal’ this is your physical, mental and emotional well-being. Having energy gave me motivation and drive to want more from each and every…