1 March 2020… Today is St David’s Day, for those that are not familiar; he was the patron saint of Wales… A little bit of history… Saint David’s Day is the feast day of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales, and falls on 1 March, the date of Saint David’s death in 589 AD. The feast has been regularly celebrated since the canonisation of David in the 12th century, though it is not a national holiday in the UK.
I am happy to be here on the this day as it marks another milestone in my recovery, last year I was in Southport at conference and turning down the invitation to a UNISON social evening as the walk to and from would have caused some issues with breathing and pain… 7 weeks later I was on my way to Ward 4 of Prince Philip Hospital with issues related to my heart. 7 months later I am recovering slowly from open heart surgery that corrected the problem with a valve in my heart. It has been a long journey but worthwhile as it has extended my gift of life and time on earth… Thank you to all the medical staff for allowing me to wake up on St David’s Day, life will get easier, nobody said it was a race to the line to finish first and break the tape.