Sunday 20 September 2015

A thank you for my blogging buddies.

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Good morning friends.
 As an apology for my lack of commenting on your lovely blogs I would like to have a give away.
It is in fact a cebebration give away.
As many of you may know, Russ was born with a congenital heart defect. His main artery  runs in between his aortic valve and his pulmonary artery. If his artery gets constricted it would obviously cut off his blood supply which we were told in previous consultations would most likely kill him. He had major heart surgery to attach a new blood supply but his body rejected this.
Russ was also told to stop playing football and to never physically over exert himself. This was very hard to bear as Russ loves playing football. He went from playing about four times a week to never playing and not actually living the life he wanted.

We decided on a second opinion and so I researched heart surgeons. I found a specialist, Chris Young, who has his own practice but who also has a NHS clinic Guy's and St Thomas's in London. They were very quick with their response. We came to London for various tests and yesterday we got to meet the man himself. Blogging took a back seat as I have been too worried in case he needed another operation.

All I can say is he has changed our lives. He explained more about his condition in 10 minutes than all the Drs and surgeons over the last 5 years. He actually listened to how Russ felt physically and emotionally. We were told that if his condition was going to kill him it would have happened when he was a teenager and the chances of it killing him now is highly unlikely. He explained the reason his body rejected the new blood supply was because it would only be used if his main blood supply got constricted and needed a new avenue. In his words it was a fight between the two and his main artery always won. We were also told 3 years ago that Russ has got Angina and has been taking tablets for this since. Low and behold, Russ has not got Angina!!! We are just so pleased we sought a second opinion.

What Chris couldn't understand was why, in the last five years not one Dr had sent him for a stress test before telling him not to play football or over exert himself.
Russ had one yesterday  and was told - go and live your life, enjoy life and enjoy playing football again. I have never seen Russ so emotional. He has got his life back.
Thank for spending to time to read my story. To celebrate and for your understanding of my blogging absence,  I would like to offer some candy.

All you have to do is

1, Be a follower of my blog - I do not mind new followers joining but please do not  join just for the candy.
2. Place this picture on you side bar.
3. Add your name to Inlikz


KarinsArtScrap said...

wow what a story you did tell Sharon, I can understand that he was emotional.
hope he get so many years to play football.

Gr Karin

aussie aNNie said...

Russ was emotional, Sharon was emotional and aNNie is emotional...I am so thrilled he has his life back Sharon, he deserves to enjoy life as it is meant to be and things, in my eyes, happen for a reason. His missing out on so much of his loved life has taken you both to another path of good news, now you can both enjoy your lives....don't worry about the comments, life is too short...hugs to you both....

Oh and thanks for letting me know re your candy and the most fabulous news I have heard for a long time...


 {The Journey Is The Start  aNNie  my personal blog}

Margreet said...

Wow, no wonder Russ (and I think you too) got so emotional....that's such good happy for you...hope Russ can play football for many years and you can enjoy each other for much more years!
xxx Margreet

Céline said...

what a fantastic news! i'm happy for you and Russ.
thanks for the chance

Marianne's Craftroom said...

I can't imagine how emotional you must be. I have tears in my eyes and I only know you through blogging. I was so happy to read this on Facebook, amazing news. Thanks for the chance to win a fab candy. Huge hugs xx

brenda said...

You must both be feeling such immense relief to get a real and honest opinion and how glad you must be that you decided to take that step down the private route.

Sadly the NHS does let us down at times, I know from personal experience. I appreciate they are under pressure but the lives of so many could be improved with that little extra time, care and explanation.

I am off to add your card to my sidebar.

B x

thecraftycavalier said...

Fabulous news Sharon. I can't imagine how relieved you all are. Well done you on finding the right doctor :-) Sending you all hugs and wishing you all happiness. Jayne xx

Donna Ellis said...

How sweet of you, Sharon!

Unknown said...

That is so wonderful!! There are so many conditions including mine that are never given the right treatment and always bypassed because of lack of knowledge etc so it's brilliant he finally got the treatment he needed!
Thank you so much for the chance to win your fab candy too!
Lucy x

Jeannie said...

You must be so happy as we only want the best for our families. So happy for you.

Lozzy said...

What great news for you both and family, i had a lump in my throat just reading so how you to were when you heard the news. So happy for you all and bet there's going to be no stopping now as have a few years to catch up on. Bet you've had a great weekend with the celebrating, hows the head lol. Bet you've had extra hugs and kisses for what you did in finding the new Dr, you should be so chuffed and proud of what you have done.
Thank you for the Candy, have added to my sidebar. Take care and sending big hugs to all..Lozzy xx
Hope Abbie doing ok now to

mags said...

No wonder you were all emotional. Such good news for you both. Thank you for your generosity with the candy. I have added to my sidebar.
Take care.

Wendy said...

Wonderful news Sharon! So happy for you and Russ :)
Wendy xx

Penny said...

Sharon, this is the most fantastic news! I am so happy for you both! Well, for your whole family! :^)
And how sweet of you to share your happiness with all of us! Thank you, sweet friend! :^)
Biggest hugs and smiles, Penny

Carole Pollard said...

Sharon this is the most amazing news words cannot say how happy I am for you both after all these years of being told the wrong thing and then to get this fabulous news must be wonderful go ahead and do all the things you thought you couldn't do and most important just enjoy. Thank you for the candy draw its so kind and no need to apologize about comments life has its up and downs and there are often more important things to do than comments. Look forward to more of your amazing cards Love and hugs to you both Carole x said...

Fantastic news! My son saw a consultant from the same hospital who used almost those exact words to him. I hope he enjoys his "new life" and that you are now able to relax as well xxx

cotnob said...

Wonderful news Sharon, I'm so pleased for you both - thank goodness that Russ can get on with enjoying life again.
Thank you for the chance to win your fabulous candy.

Anke said...

what a fantastic news! I am happy for you and Russ.
hugs Anke

Heather said...

What a worrying stressful time for you, Russ and all of the family - how such happy news, what a relieve, I'm thrilled for you all.
Heather xx

Helen said...

Fabulous news, Sharon. I bet you are both smiling from ear to ear!

Karen said...

Oh Sharon, what an emotional story and the most beautiful outcome. I'm so grateful that Russ has his life back. I will keep him (and you!) in my prayers. CHD's are overwhelming and I am thankful for the future that he has. What a blessing. Sending you all so many hugs. And thank you for the opportunity to win this lovely prize. I am returning to Blogger tonight after a tiny break due to a tough time, so I look forward to getting back into the crafty loop and leaving love. Wishing you and your family every happiness. :o)

Hugs and blessings,

Donna said...

Hi Sharon.
I'm so pleased the results were what you and hubby both wanted to hear.
Now it's time to relax.
Thanks for inviting me to join in with your generous blog candy!!!
Look after yourselves and enjoy life.
Crafty hugs, Donna xx

Elise said...

OOH Sharon .. what a touching and emotional story. wowwwwww! Life is so delicate, so precious, so grand .. and there is so much to live for! I'm sooooooo happy to hear that your son will be living the life he has dreamed of!!!!!!!

How sweet of you to share some lovely candy! I'm not entering in for it .. but I just wanted to comment on your touching story. :)

Sending you and your family lots of love and hugs,

Sue said...

Oh Sharon, I am in tears reading this - I am sooooo happy for him, for you and your lovely family too. It must be such a relief for you all.
Take care, sending you big hugs, Sue xx

NGCARDS said...

I can certainly see how blogging took a backseat hun. I am so glad to read that you have found some proper answers and seen someone who can put both of your minds at rest xxx

Chris said...

Such wonderful news Sharon! You and Russ must be over the moon, he's getting his life back! I can't imagine how that must feel after living under a shadow and not being able to do what you love! I'm so happy for you!

Lorraine said...

I can't imagine the relief you must both be feeling, what fantastic news! I am so happy for both of you.
Thank you for the chance to win your candy too.
Lorraine x

Sue B said...

Oh my Sharon… this must have been a very stressful time for you… but I'm so pleased that you've finally got some answers… it's the not knowing that is the worst thing… and it's wonderful that someone listened to Russ and took the time to explain things. This must have turned his life around.... SO pleased for him and for you and your family who must be very relieved.
Huge hugs, Sue B xx

MaryH said...

What a pleasure reading this post! I'm so thankful you found this new doctor, and that Mr. has been able to get some happy news, that restores his life to what he wants it to be. I can imagine the joy at your house when you heard this news. Life & family always have to be more priority than this blogging & cardmaking hobby. So no apology is needed when you don't blog & visit. I know something is going on in your life, and you will be back when you can. TFS this wonderful news with your readers, and God Bless to both of you. What stress this must have relieved! Hugs

Nataliascraft said...

What a brilliant news Sharon. So happy for you and your family.
Hugs Natalia x

Beth Brovold said...

Sharon...what can I say...that is SO much to go through...I'm so glad that you have had this good news...enjoy!!!!
Take care,

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