AN author and keen walker who is living with a serious heart condition describes how, step by step, he regained the confidence to not only continue his hobby but fully enjoy life in the process.
David Cross, of Harvelin Park, Todmorden, had been an enthusiastic walker when, in 1995, he suffered a heart attack and heart damage.
He had to be taught how to use his legs again and for a while his wife Pam had to help him regain his mobility with walks around Centre Vale Park, Todmorden, but things were further complicated when he reacted badly to two drugs he had been prescribed, eventually being fitted with an implanted cardioverter/defibrillator, and surmounting other difficulties that ensued.
But by 1998 David’s wife and daughter encouraged him to start solo travel again and his first book is a thoroughly enjoyable travelogue, having honed his skills posting reviews and reports on travel websites, gaining the confidence to turn them into book form.
David, who is chairman of U3A Todmorden this year, has titled it Happy Travels With A ‘Dodgy’ Heart and it really is hugely enjoyable, in turns a useful guide, full of practical tips and bearing in mind anyone who might have a similar condition to David’s, but also an entertaining read that you can dip into, picking a chapter at random.
David doesn’t claim it to be comprehensive. It is not, he says, a guidebook, but it does give readers some pointers to places he has found enjoiyable on his own travels, especially Spain.
“I was travelling before I started with heart problems when I had a ‘silent’ heart attack in 1995. We went to France, for example, for years, and became easier to travel when the children had grown up.
“It’s a good guide to some of the places I have enjoyed and there is a ‘practicalities’ section at the end of every chapter listing useful contacts and websites. If there is enough interest I hope to do a second book,” he said.
While writing it David lost his wife Pam and a walking friend, Ian, dedicating the book to them and his family.
Published through Authorhouse and available from on-line bookseller Amazon at £15.95, it’s a great read and, for those who decide to follow in David’s footsteps, a handy guide too.