Pumping Marvellous Foundation
Patient Educator
Patient Educator - Bronze, Platinum Level
Heart Failure Patient

A little about me

Patient Educator and Creative Media

  • If you had a tip for a person with Heart Failure what would it be? – Even after you’re stabilised, your heart failure diagnosis takes time to sink in. Make changes and adjust to your new life. Don’t be too hard on yourself – you’re probably doing brilliantly. The past is the past, but the future is yours. Make it a good one. Never surrender and stay positive
  • Tell us something different about yourself? – Bez (Happy Mondays) escaped from my charge and tried to run me over; I saved Vernon Kay from falling out of the back of a moving Land Rover; Billy Bragg said I looked beautiful – Was a good day
  • What your biggest achievement in life? – I’ll get back to you on that at the end of it. ” It ain’t over ’til its over.” There’s still time for marvellous things
  • Which do you prefer Tea, Coffee or Hot Chocolate? – 85% Tea (proper) – 15% fresh Coffee – 0% Hot Choc
  • How would people describe you? – Quirky, determined, funny, creative and a good listener (Possibly titchy – frequently late.)
  • What’s your perfect occupation? –  Philanthropist (requires a bigger bank balance); Backing singer (requires better voice); Song writer (I can’t even comprehend what this requires, but I know that I don’t have it.)  I’m quite happy with my choices… they fulfil my creative drive and market demand, without being vacuous and meaningless, allowing me to help others. It has taken me a while to get here, and I’ve made considerable changes in the last two years
  • What’s number one on your bucket list? – Graceland. I must, must go while I am still able
  • What’s your favourite phrase and who was it by and why is it important to you? – “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway” – John Wayne. I lost someone who was the loveliest man in the world. This quote makes me think of him still offering encouragement and telling me to keep strong. He taught me all about true kindness – we watched lots of cowboy films together. He did a great impression of The Duke! “Let there be love” – Nat King Cole
  • Who’s the most inspiring person in history and why – I must mention some amazing women, Maya Angelou and Emily Pankhurst. Both fighting for equality, and changing lives. Equality, in all spheres, is so important for mankind
  • If you could change anything in the world, what would it be? – That everyone on earth could experience true happiness – Imagine how much more we, the world, could achieve
  • What’s the biggest world event in your lifetime? – The release of Nelson Mandela, the last great liberator – fighting apartheid and racism