Friday, 31 May 2019

PH and Radio

Dear Readers,

Most people listen to the radio at some point during the day, whether at work, in the car or at home. 

As I've grown up I've listened to my local station nearly every day and as I've always been an early bird, I tuned in daily to Heart Essex Breakfast show with Martin and Su and their producer Alex. 

Sadly local stations are slowly being cut, which is such a shame, and it was their final breakfast show this morning. I've gone to many of their public events and I've enjoyed listening to them first thing in the morning. When I was in hospital for many months with my diagnosis of Pulmonary Hypertension, I always listened to them first thing, on very quietly in the ward so I didn't wake other patients, but the banter and laughter between Martin and Su always cheered me up and brightened my days in hospital. Especially when I was alone before my parents arrived to see me. It was good to have such down to earth and "real" DJs on our local radio. 

We all have our favourite radio stations and DJs, but for me it was and always will be Martin and Su and I will miss listening to them everyday. I grew up playing lots of classical music being a pianist and cellist, but Martin and Su's breakfast show kept me up to date with the pop music, haha! It feels like it is an end of an era for me, but I want to thank them for helping me to get up every day when times have been hard with PH and cheering me up when things have been tough. 

It just goes to show that it's not only friends and family that help you through illness, but people that you haven't even met, but listen to daily can make a big impact on your life too, just by doing their job. We all have our individual ways of getting through life, but radio and music plays a big part in mine. Thank you for reading out many of my texts and tweets! 

I want to wish them all the best with their future careers and it was great to finally meet them on their last day and chat to them personally. 

I hope they will join many others who follow my fight for life against my incurable heart condition and journey to getting a double lung transplant one day.

Thank you for reading!

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