Hello fellow Scadsters!
A couple of weeks ago, Becks Breslin, a pioneer of the UK beatSCAD charity, asked me to provide an update on what life is like five years post SCAD.
The beatSCAD website has lots of useful information for those newly diagnosed with this scary and bewildering condition. I really wish it had been around five years ago when every cough, sneeze, ache or pain threw me into panic mode thinking I would have another dissection.
Anyway, still alive and kicking, this is the update I provided for the website:
- I got healthy through eating well and exercising moderately (gardening, yoga, walking, badminton)
- I chucked my stressful job and now write a 50 plus lifestyle blog over at https://flowerpowerlife.wordpress.com/
- I re-joined my choir (Chester Ladies) and will become chairman next month. We are a registered charity and I will be doing lots of public speaking (as well as singing of course!).
- My strategy for the future is ‘always have the next holiday booked’ so you have to be there for it!
- I travel extensively, although on a budget. The picture is of me on the Brooklyn Bridge during a recent girls only trip to NYC!
- I don’t have much cash any more, but I spend on experiences, not things, which are no longer important.
- I’ve embraced charity shops!
- I am no longer scared of lifts (the worst already happened and I survived)
- I no longer get panic attacks (ditto)
- I still get premature atrial contractions, days when I’m exhausted, and days when my heart seems to play up all day, but I have faith that it will pass, so I don’t dwell on it. I take my medication and hope for the best.