730 days ago, I was blindsided with the news that I had 40% ejection fraction (heart failure). I was then put through countless tests and examinations which concluded with me being diagnosed with:
LV systolic function, Fibrosis of the heart, Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Myocarditis, Ectopic beats and Supraventricular Tachycardia.
As my mum would say "you always have to be special and be different" - and boy is she not wrong. Go hard or go home is what I say! Haha

From a very active 7 year old dancer to professional dancer, choreographer, teacher and principal of my own dance school along with being a full-time working mum of 3, trained and ran the Brighton marathon, Kimbolton half marathon x2 and taking on challenges with the best health and lifestyle group (AMOR-LC), I was living my best life.
But at the age of 39, this was a totally mind-blowing event leaving me unable to walk more than 15 steps without becoming physically fatigued and coping with multiple symptoms until I became stable on my medication.

So, to show my support and thanks I will be raising money for The Brompton and Harefield hospitals who have taken me under their care and are continuing to support me through my illness. They do amazing work and are always researching and improving the medication and procedures that are opening up to so many heart and lung patients.

They have supported me with face-to-face appointments, video calls, phone calls, emails and have referred me to a medical psychologist to support me with the lifelong conditions I have been dealt.
It has been difficult at times while living through an actual pandemic, which was hard and frustrating at times for both me and my partner Rob. There were many frightening occasions where I'd be grey, in bed struggling to get my heart rate above 30bpm and at times when my arrhythmias would last upto 10hrs.

I have very slowly started my journey back to exercise and absolutely enjoying my progress to date. My family and friends have been very supportive which I am forever grateful for along with the dedication and knowledge from The Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals. Karina Brooks