I refuse to let my life be defined by my medical history. It would be all too easy to use it as an excuse for not following my dreams or pushing my boundaries, thus allowing myself to live in fear of the ‘what if’s’ in life. If my experience has taught me anything it is that life is short, and you don’t get a second chance.
I love my work but have always been aware that my ability to spread my message was generally restricted to people who could access my Plymouth studio. Yet there are so many more people who I know can benefit having a support network of likeminded people who share the ups and downs of living with a long-term health condition. One of the biggest challenges of poor health is that it can leave us feeling isolated, anxious and alone, and I knew I could go some way to solving this
It wasn’t until I was lying in hospital in May 2017 that the idea for Upbeat Warrior was born, with the objective to bring together a community of people, all living with a variety of long term health conditions, all looking to grow, learn, evolve and ultimately support each other.