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Inspirational Stories

My Wonderful Medical Team

Life is not so easy when there is an illness super glued to you.

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Open Heart Surgery at 23 years old

Helen Doyle writes about her experience of late diagnosis and having open heart heart at 23 years old.

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Late Diagnosis

Hello my name is Amanda and last year I got married... and found out I had congenital heart disease.

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Confidence, the secret.

Olivia's experience taking part in Katie Piper’s Diversity Catwalk Fashion Show.

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“At the end of the storm is a golden sky!”

The incredible tale of what happened to Colin at the world’s greatest football ground.

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Surgery, survival and skating to success

Congenital heart patient and Double Gold Medallist, Amonn AL-Mahrouq, stormed to yet another victory during April 2015.

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Can it really be 60 years?

John Hunt was born a "Blue Baby" but that hasn't stopped him from living a life full of experiences. Read the full version of his story here. The abridged version published in GUCH News issue 79 Winter 2014.

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Being Brothers, Sharing Scars

This is the story of two brothers: Anthony and me, Kieran, we have a defective gene that causes the proteins that make up the aorta to be weaker than they should be, making it susceptible to stretching and splitting.

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My son, My Story

I'm Denise Harrison, the mother of a son born with a heart condition in 1984. The following extract is from the yet unpublished book Stand Up Beside The Fireplace. It tells the story of the first devastating hours after Gary was born

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World Cup rehabilitation

Craig Smart tells us his story of open heart surgery and his World Cup rehabilitation.

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Information on managing your heart condition, including Physical, Emotional and Mental Health.

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