One minute you seem fit and well, the next minute your life changes.
On Wednesday 15th July 2009 my husband Jeff Davies felt unwell. Being a keen marathon runner he had just taken part in the Cosmeston Lakes Relay just outside Penarth, Nr Cardiff.
He had run this race many times.
On the way back to the car he felt his heart racing and it would not slow down.
On the way home he blacked out and so I drove him to the University Hospital of Wales (UHW) where his heart rate reached 210 beats per minute.
He was diagnosed with ARVC http://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/conditions/cardiomyopathy/arrhythmogenic-cardiomyopathy.aspx and now has an I.C.D ( or CID his 24 hour paramedic as it is known to us).
During 2009 Jeff had signed up to do a HNC course (University of Glamorgan) in building maintenance at Bridgend College.
Having experienced a blackout he had submitted his driving licence voluntarily back to the D.V.L.A. which meant that he had to use public transport to travel from Caerphilly to Bridgend to attend his course. His return home was lucky because fellow students gave him lifts and a BIG THANK YOU to them for helping him during this time.
On Friday 25th July 2011 (2 years after having an ICD fitted) he was awarded his HNC qualification and a student of the year award at an award ceremony at University of Glamorgan.
What a very proud day with lots of memories and photographs.
In 2010 Jeff, myself and our son Jonathon took part in the BHF Gower Bike Ride completing the shortest distance and raised funds for the B.H.F. Jeff and I took part in the Gower Bike Ride again this year and completed the 209 mile route this time.
We have supported a request from Mandie Welch (Arrhythmia Nurse Specialist at UHW) to talk to people who have a defibrillator to discuss their anxieties.
Sandra Davies (Gwentdefibbers Secretary)