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 and are often confused with a heart attack and so we’re keen on getting perspectives from all angles.
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: 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.
- Images: A picture can speak 1000 words, but please make sure they are your own or copyright free.
- 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 – what has your experience been like?
- Practical issues – real-life experiences of how you’ve coped
- Living with an ICD – a pain or a great insurance policy?
- 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?
- 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?
- Government -Have you had any notable experiences when dealing with government services? i.e. DVLA, Department for Work & Pensions
Ideally, articles should be submitted in electronic format i.e. Word, PDF or Google doc format. At a push, we’ll take handwritten or typed content.
Any images should be of a high resolution, and be aware that we may need to edit or crop as required.
In 2018 a compilation of the best of the blog was published as an e-book and paperback and is available from Amazon. If we have enough suitable articles we may create a further volume and if you submit an article you may get to be a published author! All proceeds from the sales go to help run SCA UK.