In episode #019 of the Life After Cardiac Arrest podcast Paul talks with cardiac arrest survivor Ingrid Gardner.
From a nervous start, Ingrid first met others at a SADS UK conference back in 2017, from there she progressed to attending other meeting-ups including the successful Guinness World Record attempt in June 2018.
At the end of September 2019 she played a role in bringing SCA UK to her beautiful home county of Rutland where she was one of the hosts for the #NotAlone event.
She talks about her thoughts and motivation for attending the events and what a positive impact it has had on her recovery and life.
Available to listen on the link below or Spotify, Apple , Google and your favourite podcast player.
Presented by Paul Swindell and edited by Matt Nielson. Recorded October 2019
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.