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Case Study - David's Story

In one word what can be said about Upbeat – Marvellous.

My story goes back 18 months when I was admitted to Calderdale Royal Hospital with breathing difficulties.  It became apparent that I was in heart failure and having spent 5 days in hospital I was discharged only to return 6 weeks later, again with breathing difficulties.

Three weeks later I returned to work, initially the plan was for me to work a 5 hour day and gradually increase back to full time.  However this was not achievable and eventually I retired on health grounds.

I had regular out patients appointments with my consultant and life continued to tick over, but due to my health there was a reluctance to be very active as I was fearful and did not know my limitations regarding exercise and therefore did not do a great deal.

Eventually I recognised that I needed to do something as my weight was increasing and lethargy had set in. I saw my consultant and discussed the situation with him and he referred me to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Team based within the Hospital.  I met up with the team who were very supportive and being medically trained they were fully aware of my limitations and with them I undertook a structured exercise regime.  Because their involvement is time limited due to the number of people requiring their services, they then refer individuals to Upbeat. 

Joining Upbeat

I had been aware of Upbeat from when I attended the Calderdale One awards where Upbeat were there for an award, and where Linda Cooper received the accolade of Employee of the Year to which she gave a passionate talk about her work within Upbeat. I eventually met up with one of the Upbeat team to discuss the best programme for me.  

It was at that point I joined one of their exercise groups based at North Bridge Leisure Centre and agreed that my name would be put forward for one of the Weight Management Groups. My confidence at this point had started to return and I found that I was enjoying the exercise with like minded people.

When I became engaged with the Weight Management group I was a little perturbed as to how much weight I had gained since becoming ill  15 months earlier, so a goal was set by me and Linda and a plan of action was discussed not only with me but the group of people who were in similar circumstances.

As the exercise group continued it was mentioned that there were other options to individuals following the time limited sessions.  I decided that the gym would suit my needs best, so with the support of Upbeat, I undertook my induction at Brighouse Pool, following a structured format that was planned by Upbeat and then passed onto the staff at the pool.

Recently as a country we have been following the success of the Olympics and more recently the inspirational athletes taking part in the Paralympics. To celebrate the start of the Olympic journey, Upbeat held their own Olympics at North Bridge Leisure Centre, and having never been an elite athlete myself I decided that I would ‘give it a go’ and entered 2 events and to my amazement I came away with 2 ‘Gold’ medals.

Thanks to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Team and Upbeat I am now starting to feel a lot better physically.  I'm attending the gym 2 or 3 times a week for an hours gentle exercise and my weight is slowly but surely heading the right way – downwards and this continues to be monitored on a weekly basis with Linda.

Thanks to all concerned, you all do a marvellous job!

Last Updated: 30/09/2016