I have used the saying ‘You never know what is round the corner’ frequently without really knowing the impact of when something really does come round the corner with full force and changes lives for the foreseeable future.
My very own Super Hero unexpectedly collapsed on Tuesday suffering a cardiac arrest with added complications affecting his brain which means he is in Intensive Care being supported by some very impressive equipment that is breathing for him so he can rest his body and brain.
All of his friends know Chau is a super fit healthy person with a warrior mentality that we hope is going to get him through this. We cannot believe this has happened to Chau who has no unhealthy vices other than buying trainers!
For anyone who does not know Chau I can say from the bottom of my heart he is the kindest, most loving and supportive person I have ever met. We are due to get married next year in conjunction with my 50th birthday, He has supported me through a few tricky years with my mental health he has. He has worked for the British Transport Police for 20 years and due to retire in 2 years’ time and he has already got plans in place! If Chau is not working he can generally be found running in the woods by our house training for a running event, trail races, marathons, ultras – the harder the better. He loves to record his runs on Strava and is well know for being ‘King’ of segments!
Chau is a Dad to two beautiful and talented daughters and grandad to 3 year old Ezra . He is also father of two crazy cats which our are four legged family. Chau has many other talents including piano playing , drawing and DIY. He is called Mr incredible to many of our friends as he always helps out with their DIY needs! He even has Mr Incredible printed on his dressing gown!
Currently it is a waiting game which is very hard on the family as we all want him to wake up and be his cheeky cheery self and the person who we all rely on very much. It is now getting to the time that we need to start some practical changes in order to manage our new way of living and coping for quite some time.
As you are probably aware adapting life to support a family member in hospital comes with financial difficulty. The travel, car parking costs as well as day to day expenses really do add up. It’s times like this you realise the true difficulty of being self employed, as when I am unable to work I cannot bring in income.
As many of you know Chau is a proud father and grandad and his daughters are doing so well being strong for him. The impact of not being able to work to spend time with their dad and travelling back and fourth (from Brighton & London) is starting to become difficult to maintain.
This process is going to be a marathon not a sprint to put it into Chau’s language We appreciate every single donation which helps us to be able to continue to care for Chau and be there for him when he needs us the most.