If you’ve been affected by a sudden cardiac arrest and you’re in the UK (or a UK expat) and have something relevant to say we’d happily consider it for publishing on our blog. Sudden cardiac arrests are not that widely known in the UK and so we’re keen on getting as many perspectives as we can.
If you’d like to share your relevant story or have knowledge in a particular area you’d like to share then please contact us.
Creating a compelling post
- Length of post: Between 300 and 800 words is ideal. Up to 1000 words if needed.
- Share Your Voice: Especially for personal stories, express your ideas as you would to a good friend, including your struggles and inspirations along the way. If you have discovered a new perspective, we want to know.
- Coming up with a title: Think of what would grab the reader and make her/him curious. Let them know about a problem you are solving, a way to improve their life, or something new that you have discovered.
- First Paragraph: Your first sentence should make the reader want to know more. A strong first paragraph gives a clear and engaging idea of what the post will talk about, or what the reader will learn.
- Make your point: If a few words can get to the heart of what you’re conveying, then you don’t need more. One detailed example is also often better than a long list of them.
- Make It Accessible: Use accessible language that even readers new to your topic can understand. We can help modify content, title and pictures if needed.
- Backing it Up: When you mention a statistic or a research study, (even “research states”) please add a link to that source. These sources can range from news outlets to academic journals etc. This allows readers to learn more if they want to get deeper into the topic.
Suggestions for articles
Your SCA story, be it as a survivor, partner, life saver, health professional or any other person who has been affected by a sudden cardiac arrest
Life post SCA
Practical issues – real life experiences of how you’ve coped
Living with an ICD
Your saviours – tell about what it was like to meet them
Sports – have a sport that you’re passionate about and have you managed to continue it post SCA or have you taken up something new?
Are you under 35? – Many incorrectly assume that an SCA is a heart attack and only happens to older people, we know it doesn’t and so it would be good help educate others
Treatments – have you had any new or unusual treatments post SCA?
Positive thinking/role models – what positive things have helped your recovery
Moving on – being “cured”? What have you done to help you move on from the SCA experience?
Have you had any notable experiences when dealing with government services? i.e. DVLA, Department for Work & Pensions