I first met Bob a couple of years ago when he came along to our 2017 London meet-up. He was quite nervous as he hadn’t been in a good place since his SCA and hadn’t met any other survivors in the 4 years since it had happened.
It was a brave move to travel down solo from his native Sheffield especially as life post SCA had left him with a lot of anxiety. He needn’t of worried though as we’re a friendly lot as he found out and then posted about…
Welltoday was the reason I am in London and what a worthwhile and inspiring day it was. I was at a meeting organised by Sudden Cardiac Arrest UK for survivors of SCAs. With the exception of Chris who I met up with yesterdayI have never met anyone else who has survived a Sudden Cardiac Arrest so today was very special.
It was nice to meet up with so many lovely people and although I have never met any of them before we all seemed to have a bond already formed by our SCAs which made it very easy for us all to get along.
I was surprised by how young everyone there was and I would guess the average age to be around 40. Most people like myself had no prior health issues and were generally in good to very good health prior to having the SCA and felt nothing beforehand and again like
myselfthe first they knew was waking up from a coma in hospital.
Most people who suffer from an SCA don’t survive or if they do they have
quitesevere brain damage. Listening to other people’s stories we all seem to have had an element of luck, either by making a better recovery than most, having someone around who knew what to do and we’re able to perform CPR quickly or as in my case being close to an external defibrillator which helped us to not only survive but survive with only minimal brain damage to enable us to still live a relatively normal life still.
No one no matter how close or well-meaning they are can ever really fully understand what we all go through emotionally on a daily basis and it was very comforting to be with people who share this.
The most inspiring thing of the day was seeing how positive everyone one is. I for one have gained a lot from today and hopefully, others have too.
Thank you SCA UK for a very remarkable and worthwhile day
He followed this up with another post a month later and a stand out quote is the following…
…since spending the afternoon of June 24th in a room full of people in the same situation as me I have not had a single [anxiety] attack. I have certainly felt a lot better about things since that day, a few people have even commented that I seem more like my old self than I have done for a long time so it seems I am now seeing longer-term benefits from the meet up as well as short term ones…
At the meet up I chatted with Bob and listened to his story and mentioned that
I knew it was a good piece as it touched on so many subjects common to SCA survivors, but also a few that many would not dare to air in public. It would form one of the cornerstones of the SCA UK Life After Cardiac Arrest Book. The piece was later abridged and published in the Sheffield Telegraph.
Since then it seems he’s also become a bit of a local celebrity as he’s had several appearances on Radio Sheffield including an afternoon slot where he had quite an in-depth interview. Recently he also helped SADS UK out by telling his story at the EMAS CFR conference.
Bob’s posts in our Facebook group are usually quite varied and positive and last year he undertook a bit of a road trip visiting various parts of the country, including a bit of AED spotting.
Bobs most recent foray into the limelight is down to
By all accounts the evening was a great success, both in terms of entertainment and raising money. Earlier this week Bob dropped me a message to say he’d put over £600 into our account and that more would be coming!
So, the point of this post was to say “Thanks Bob”, for raising money* for our cause, but on reflection, I think I want to say “Thanks Bob” for all of your contributions – it’s been a real pleasure in many ways to have you in our select group.
*If you want to help our cause please see this page.
After our first meet-up in February 2015, I realised I was not alone. It was the first time since my cardiac arrest the previous year that I had spoken face-to-face with someone who had experienced what I had. This was also true for my wife, who also happened to be my lifesaver. From that meet-up, the idea of SCA UK was born. Since then, we have achieved a considerable amount, primarily providing information, resources and support to others in a similar situation but also raising the profile of survivorship and the need for better post-discharge care. We are starting to get traction in this, and with the formation of the charity, I genuinely believe we have a bright future ahead and will make a significant difference in the lives of many who join our ranks.