Getting active after my surgery
A year after my surgery, as I was getting my strength back, my sister-in-law, Cheryl, saw Swim22 advertised on Facebook. I needed to start being more active, and swimming seemed like a good option. It’s the one sport that I actually enjoy doing. I was still in and out of the hospital, adjusting to my medication, so I signed up for 11 miles with Cheryl doing the other half.
When I started training, I struggled to swim 12 lengths in an hour. There were times I felt like swimming through treacle. But within three months, I was doing 50 lengths in an hour.
My family kept me going. We got into a little routine where three generations would swim together on a Sunday morning. It was a great way of getting us all together.
This year, we managed to rope in Mike and his mum to our team. I’d swum four miles when Covid hit. As a transplant recipient, I had to shield. My consultant still isn’t keen on me going back to the pool, but next year I’m going to do the full 22 miles.
Taking part in Swim22 helped my recovery so much. Despite all the upheaval of this year, I’m in the best place I’ve been for a long time.