‘My Life So Far With Tricuspid Atresia’- Ryan’s Story

Ryan was born in Jun 1997, and was diagnosed with tricuspid atresia, having his first operation at just 3 weeks old.

At school, Ryan does recall struggling physically, and notes that he was treated a bit like ‘an egg about to crack at any moment’. But he got along with everyone, despite that being a little annoying. He knew that it was just other people’s way of caring about him.

He did have to have warfarin blood tests, meaning that he had to wake up at 7AM to have his finger pricked to check how thick his blood was. However, the worst of it was the MRI scans, which he hated. He still has to go through that, but it doesn’t bother him as much anymore.

Ryan’s condition, despite the difficulty and frustration he says it can cause, hasn’t stopped him from enjoying life. He’s been to Greece, Turkey and America. He’s also discovered his passion, playing bass guitar in an original hard rock band. He left school to study music performance. He’s getting on well and has even had an opening for other bands at the 02 Academy in Birmingham.

And that’s about up to date! I have always been encouraged by my parent’s to follow my dreams, so to everyone out there follow your dreams and don’t give up on your personal goals no matter how big or small.

To read more about Ryan, click here.

Be social with us - our latest tweets and posts

    "University gave me the opportunity to take control of my heart condition. It was definitely a challenge but 100% worth it".

    Andrew is one of our members, he is also a university graduate! 👨‍🎓He tells a story of overcoming fears, finding new confidence and preparing for adult life after graduation.

    This is Andrew’s story, read it here: bit.ly/2kDXXWF

    ... See MoreSee Less

    12 hours ago  ·  

    View on Facebook

    👨‍🎓It's University arrival week! 👩‍🎓

    Some of our members will be moving into their University accommodation this week and we couldn’t be more excited for them 🙌

    Higher education is a daunting prospect, but this is an amazing opportunity for you to meet new people, gain some valuable life experience and work towards your chosen career. Just remember, we are here to support you in this new chapter, drop us a PM if you have a question or need someone to talk to.

    Good luck from the LHM family! ❤️
    ... See MoreSee Less

    16 hours ago  ·  

    View on Facebook