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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | October 2021

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Keeping the nation’s nursing profession moving...

Keeping the nation’s nursing profession moving...
health and wellbeing

Pages: 24 - 25

In the late ‘80s, Soul II Soul released the song ‘Keep on Movin’. At the time, I thought I was invincible. I was European and Commonwealth 400m champion and it became the anthem for my trackside warm-ups. Back then, I didn’t think about my fragility or the fact that I had a congenital heart condition to consider every time I stepped onto the track. I kept on moving. And fast. It all changed when I broke my foot and was on crutches for several months. I would have given anything to get moving again; to compete for Great Britain and challenge for medals on the track against the world’s best athletes. I slowly recovered, began moving again, and after nearly two years, was once again back on the warmup track listening to Soul II Soul and dreaming of Olympic success. 
Roll forward to today; I’m a 55-year-old with two dogs, three children, a busy family life, juggling a portfolio of businesses and living with a far greater respect for my heart condition. I’m still able to relive the glory days of winning World and Olympic medals by speaking at conferences and dinners, which often reminds me that time stands still for nobody. I am now in my sixth decade and managing my health and fitness in the best way I can, with very different goals. 

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