"Taking part in the Paralympic Games Torch relay would be a great achievement and one that signifies the progress I've made since being diagnosed with the Long QT Syndrome (Sudden Death Syndrome) aged 12 which caused sudden cardiac blackouts. For eight years my family doctor had treated my fainting attacks as epilepsy and attention seeking panic attacks. It was suggested that I be sent to a psychiatric institution, something my parents refused to allow. No-one had tested my heart and all the time I was at risk of a sudden fatal attack from the rare heart condition. Following various investigations I was diagnosed and had the condition controlled by daily beta blockers and had a pacemaker fitted aged 18. It was difficult to overcome the challenges, however I am delighted that thanks to the medical support, today, I live a full and energetic life focusing on achieving personal goals. "