Lucky Man: A Memoir - Michael J Fox

Lucky Man - Book review

Lucky Man - Michael J Fox Ebury Press ISBN: 0091885671 Priced at £6.39 Buy Lucky Man: A Memoir  Although Michael J Fox doesn't suffer from a heart complaint his Parkinson's disease poses many of the same problems as I encounter as…
Will I Still Be Me?

Will I still Be Me? - Book review

Will I still be me? - Diana Sanders Day Books ISBN: 0953221285 Priced at: £8.99 Buy Will I Still be Me?: A Journey Through a Transplant  On Tuesday, 11th July I was honoured to be invited to the launch of a new book "Will I Still…
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Born with a Heart condition

What is a congenital heart condition? Congenital means 'from birth'. A congenital heart condition is an abnormality of the heart that has been present from birth. A congenital heart condition is sometimes also called 'congenital heart disease'…
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Royal Parks half marathon

Royal Parks Half Marathon 2018 Sunday 14 October 2018 Starts at Hyde Park, London The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon is one of the UK’s most exciting, giving you the opportunity to run through the amazing Royal Parks of London and…
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Scarred FOR Life

Scarred FOR Life is a special photo exhibition sharing the problems and heartache that accompany living with a heart condition, both mental and physical. The first Scarred FOR Life exhibition was held in Scotland at the Kelvingrove Art…
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Inspiring others

My name is Ashley. I Love taking part in social events with the Somerville Foundation and especially enjoyed the Bloomsbury Bowling Day and the Michael Jackson thriller Day. I met lots of new people and had a great time. I have also attended…
Kelly Staddon

Overcoming the odds - My Olympic Dream

Kelly Staddon is a truly remarkable young lady. Born in 1995, she was diagnosed with Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA), a congenital heart condition which means that the pulmonary artery and the aorta are the wrong way round. This…
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My Open Heart

I started to walk faster, legs shaking, and sheer panic overtook my entire body. As fast as my shaking legs could take me, I stumbled down the escalator of Oxford Circus station, attempting to get home. I carried the ‘panic attack’ label…
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My Transition Story

For everyone, growing up is incredibly difficult. From the moment you turn 18, you are catapulted into adult life. This often starts with little changes such as paying tax and national insurance, being able to buy alcohol and being able to vote.…
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Irreplaceable Differences

I’m Donna. I’m 49, married, with 2 children; nothing out of the ordinary there - but everyone has a story to tell and this is mine… When I was born in 1967 ante-natal scans were uncommon, so when I was turning blue when feeding at 3…

A Part of Me

At 1:05 am on the 3rd October 2016, it all suddenly hit me.  “Not again”, I thought, as my heart thudded erratically in my chest, “Why me?”, “What are the chances?” – all the clichés ran through my head. It was 4 days after…
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Why I think happiness is a choice

Do you choose happiness? In recent months, I have been amazed by how many people have commented on and expressed how inspired they have been by my optimism and positivity when facing my medical challenges. My usual retort is that I just don’t…

The Power of Breath

Inspiration is all around us. If I look around me there are plenty of people I admire like the young girl who does the paper round every morning to help her mother, Pradyumna Kumar, a gentleman who was so defiant to be self-sufficient and cycled…
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50th Anniversary of the first Heart Transplant

Image Courtesy of health24 Fifty years ago, the first human heart transplant was performed in South Africa. Louis Washkansky, 53, was terminally ill with heart failure. The donor, Denise Darvall, was just 25. She suffered a fatal brain injury…

Lucy's experience of Surgery

My reaction from the moment I discovered the date of my operation was to cry, panic and worry – right up until the day arrived! I knew I had to get through surgery to survive and look forward to my future. This was a chance of a new beginning.…

My battle with Cancer and TOF

25th May 2016 - I was sat in outpatients waiting to see my specialist cardiologist Dr D. Wilson, even though this was a routine appointment, I felt awful. I’d been to my GP numerous times struggling with my monthlies. I’d been told I was…
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In Memory of John Beech

In Memory of John Beech John was born on the 22nd January 1953. He was diagnosed with Transposition of the Great Vessels with Pulmonary Stenosis, Fallots Tetrology and holes in his heart. As a child the prognosis for John's life expectancy…
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Joanne's Great Trek

I was only in the car for a few minutes when I heard the advert on the radio for a trek on the Great Wall of China with Charity Challenge. I was instantly curious... was I brave enough?  I figured there was only one way to find out and only…
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Michelle's Great North Run

Michelle has been working hard to raise funds for The Somerville Foundation all the way through 2017. Altogether, Michelle raised over £1,300, which will allow us to continue to provide invaluable support to congenital heart patients, their…
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Pauline's Roseberry Topping Challenge

Image Courtesy of Steven Iceton Living with a heart condition has always been a challenge and this has had its ups and downs. Since discovering The Somerville Foundation a number of years ago, I have received a lot of help and advice from…
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Walking in Gramps Footsteps

After being diagnosed with what appeared to be an innocent heart murmur as a child, Helen Witt did not think she would find herself facing open-heart surgery in her 40s. “I was born with a heart murmur, but it was never treated as the doctors…
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Two Heart Surgeries, Four Marathons

Anna Borghesani was born with pulmonary stenosis, a congenital heart defect where the flow of blood between the heart and lungs is restricted by a deformity on or near the pulmonary valve. "One big thick scar, covered by another thinner scar,…
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James' Remarkable Run

On the 4th of October my girlfriend, Issy, underwent open-heart surgery at St Bart’s Hospital. This was to treat an atrial septal defect, or more commonly known as a hole in her heart. Issy had been unaware of this issue until a few years…
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Thank You Melissa

Melissa Mullan has decided to take on the challenge of The Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday 9th October 2016 to raise much needed funds for The Somerville Foundation, to help us to continue to support young people and adults born with a heart…
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Help us raise awareness

The best way to raise awareness for The Somerville Foundation and CHD is through videos – and we need your help! We need you to make us a short video that can be published on our website and social media platforms. It doesn’t have to…
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Thank You

There were all sorts of fantastic awareness raising activities going on all over the U.K. this CHD Awareness Week, all aiming to raise awareness for The Somerville Foundation and the wonderful people we work to support. We’d like to say…
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INGA Wellbeing

UPDATE: INGA WELLBEING IS NO LONGER TRADING We are delighted to announce that we are currently working with INGA Wellbeing to ensure that adult congenital heart disease patients have the opportunity to wear comfortable clothes that look entirely…
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IBC Charity of the Year

We are delighted to have been chosen as one of Ipswich Borough Councils charities for 2019. Being a chosen charity allows us to attend IBC managed events and collect donations. We will be attending Ipswich Music Day, held inside Christchurch…

Scottish Standards Review

Scottish Standards Review The Somerville Foundation appointed me as their (voluntary) Campaign Manager in Scotland after seeing me present evidence to The Scottish Public Petitions Committee at the Scottish Parliament in 2012. I had submitted…
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GDPR Update

The Somerville Foundation Legitimate interests Statement The Somerville Foundation has been working hard to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulations to ensure that you have full access to our services and that all your data…