In 2009 I suffered a brain spasm, suspected bleed on the brain. The cause was stress related. Also some of my very close family members have passed away or suffered with severe mental health issues. Since 2012 I have run marathons, bike rides and competed in ironman events to raise money to help support mental health and well-being. My latest challenge was Ironman 70.30 Cascais, in Portugal. The conditions that I have to endure in order to compete in these extreme challenges is really nothing, compared to what sufferers, carers and their loved ones have to go through every single day.
In life there is such a fine dividing line between success and failure or being ok and not being ok. Our brain is like the hard drive on a computer but when something goes wrong, it is not always possible to just reinstall the software.
I competed in my ironman Portugal 70.30 on 29 Sept 2019, (1mile sea swim, 57mile bike ride and 13 mile run, within 8 hours on the same day) to raise money for mental health and well-being. Having some of my closest family members suffer from all aspects of mental health over the years. I am extremely passionate to continue to raise funds and awareness to help support mental health and well-being. It can happen to any of us at anytime.
Thank you to friends, family and close work colleagues that donated. Your donations made a huge difference to help me get over the line.