Although my story is completely different from the one I’m supporting right now, it still hits home when I hear of distressed children. I myself am a child of disease; I grew up with a medical disorder called Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) having my very first surgery at only 18 months. By the time I was 5 I needed to have artificial valves placed in my heart – 2 to be exact. And because of the valves, my heart needed help pumping so at the same time I received a pacemaker as well. It’s been a long, long journey. I’ve had many obstacles in keeping myself healthy and I’ve had so many open heart surgeries I can’t even count them all. A few years ago, in my mid to late twenties, I began having shortness of breath (SOB), couldn’t walk around anywhere without getting it, and was tired all the time. Soon I found out that my heart was beginning to decrease in function. Basically, my health was quickly declining. Per my cardiologist I began going to the gym to use the treadmills and for the last couple years I’ve noticed a huge change in my health. Using the treadmill 2-3 times a week has kept my heart pump steadily and strongly. As of Noember 2012, at 31 years old, my heart has been deemed in great function and my overall health feels better. Now I go to the gym regularly and feel fantastic, not only physically but mentally.
However, there are those children who are not as fortunate as I have been – especially when they don’t live where there are top notch hospitals around.
And there are many other diseases that need addressing.
So with that being said, I’m pleased to announce that I support One Direction in the Red Nose Day (#1DRND) campaign. The videos I’ve watched on their journey to Ghana left me crying alongside Harry as he and Liam see the effects of what horrible diseases can do to such young babies/kids. I know pain; I’ve lived through it myself so I know what it is like. But seeing it at this level, its absolutely devastating and even I can’t understand the pain these kids are going through. They really need for your help so I’m asking you to help support the UK and One Direction raise money to help find cures and get supplies to these children in need.
Together we can change the world.
1D RND Page | 1D’s Ghana visit | OWOTO (Teenage Kicks) Video
The cause ended March 16th but we can still support it!