A New lease of life
by Kevin O'Neill
I was a regular runner until nearly 40 when I developed odd symptoms which were diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. I didn't control my blood sugar well (I tried to pretend there was nothing wrong with me) and from the age of about 46/47 began to experience chest pain during exercise. Finally I was diagnosed with heart disease shortly before my 50th birthday. Despite medication my health slowly deteriorated and I underwent a triple bypass at 55. My fitness improved drastically and the angina disappeared for about 6 years. During this time I exercised regularly until I developed severe psoriatic arthritis. Now, 11 years after the surgery I am in reasonable health apart from the arthritis which makes walking difficult. Overall I have benefitted greatly from the op and would recommend it to anyone in similar circumstances. A recent check-up has shown that all three grafts are still working well.