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October 18, 2019

December 13th marks the 20th anniversary of my open heart surgery - to 'celebrate' the occasion and raise funds for The British Heart Foundation, I'll be attempting to run 13 miles from the studio to Staiths Cafe in Gateshead 🏃😵

The aim is to also raise awareness of an extremely rare condition that I have lived with since 1999 - Endocarditis (having survived 2 episodes in the past 20 years) ...

Endocarditis is a condition where bacteria in the blood attacks the valves and inner wall of the heart. If left unchecked it is fatal (learn more at https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/conditions/endocarditis)

The greatest impact of endocarditis, however, is psychological - living with the constant threat of infection and wondering if every sniffle is the start of something dangerous, plus enduring the subsequent endless blood tests to make sure that it isn't! Throw into the mix knowing the burden you're putting on those closest to you, the battle between pushing yourself to be your best vs the fear of overdoing things and the pressure of 'keeping up appearances' for those that judge what you do on a daily basis from the outside. Living with an 'invisible' illness is a crappy deal at times!

The BHF do a fantastic job in treating and supporting those with heart disease but rely on donations to continue their work...

Clients, friends and family are welcome to join my Friday 13th nightmare for either part or the full 13 miles, or to simply meet up at the cafe to celebrate.

You can also show your support by clicking on the just giving page below...

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/darren-cutler1 

 

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