A new 'battery operated' life..By Niamh Duffy -
No one is invincible. As much as I wish that I could take everything on the chin, let nothing bother me and just keep my head high through everything, in life that isn't possible. The saying life is like a roller coaster is definitely true, you take the good with the bad. When life is bad you wait for the better because it will come eventually. Overall I am definitely a glass half full type of girl, I always try and see the positives in everything, even when I probably shouldn't. Putting on a brave face for me is important.
The past few months have been full of ups and downs health wise, there has been a lot of uncertainty and back and forth with doctors. It has been a balance of trying to keep up with wherever I am going that weekend - Tramlines Festival, a girls holiday in Tenerife or on tour with Limitless in Scotland - and making sure I go to Warfarin clinic every Monday and signing a consent form for heart surgery. I am having an ICD implanted, also known as a defibrillator, meaning that as I am high risk of sudden cardiac arrest I can rest assured that I have the greatest chance of survival. When this is published it will be over, I will hopefully be in bed recovering and (as a few of my friends have promised) being delivered food.
I'm not going to pretend I'm not scared... first hospital stay that I can actually remember, seemingly endless needles and new scars to add to my collection. But I need this in order to carry on the life I have and I know that there is so much to look forward to – family holidays, conferences in Madrid with Elouise and memories with my best friends who have been some of my biggest support through everything.
(Post op) I DID IT! There may have been tears, a few nervy moments and very little sleep but it's over. It's been 4 days since my operation now and although the pain has at times been sickening it can only get better from now. What this has made me realise is that I am so lucky to have so many people around me that genuinely care. I am now as my friends and I like to call it 'battery operated' but it means that I can watch my young nephew grow up, grow in my career at Limitless and continue to do what I love best... travel the world and make memories to last a lifetime.