'Running could cause sudden death for people like me'

BBC journalist Gem O’Reilly was 16 when she was diagnosed with a heart condition. Now, 10 years later she’s been signed off to run long distance. Gem’s condition, if unknown, could potentially cause sudden death through cardiac arrest and she is not alone. Every week in the UK, 12 young people die from an undiagnosed… Continue reading 'Running could cause sudden death for people like me'

Parkour athlete: 'She wants to be a doctor so she can fix me'

A parkour athlete, who has been diagnosed with a rare, progressive form of multiple sclerosis, has described losing his mobility as “mortifying”. Luke Callinan, 35, who helped to establish Nottingham’s parkour community, was diagnosed 18 months ago and is now bed-bound. His friends and family are trying to raise £100,000 for stem cell treatment, which… Continue reading Parkour athlete: 'She wants to be a doctor so she can fix me'

Long Covid: 'It's like someone has piled sandbags on top of me'

Reece caught coronavirus during the first wave of the pandemic in March 2020, but like many twenty-somethings, he wasn’t hospitalised overnight. What he thought would be a mild illness became a protracted nightmare with his partner Alice becoming his carer. Months after his initial infection, he was diagnosed with CFS/ME (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) by… Continue reading Long Covid: 'It's like someone has piled sandbags on top of me'