About

HELLO,

Welcome to my Travel & Lifestyle blog – Follow Every Heartbeat.

Thank you for stopping by! I hope this blog offers you inspiration and insight to explore the most beautiful places, no matter how far or close, and no matter what apprehensions you may have. I started this blog to document the amazing places I have already visited and the many more I plan to see. I have left a career in Commercial Law to gain one of the greatest experiences one can have – travel and exploration. I have only visited a small fraction of the world so far (21 countries, 6 continents….& counting) but, I have big plans to visit as many places as possible and I am excited for you to join me on this journey.

I have always had a love of travel, exploring new cities, towns and experiencing the culture and of course the local delicacies. However, sometimes I have felt quite limited due to a genetic heart condition I was diagnosed with in 2010 – Brugada Syndrome. This is a rare condition that affects the way electrical signals pass through the heart, causing the heart to beat dangerously fast.

Consequently, being diagnosed as ‘high risk’ I undergone a heart operation to fit an Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD) in 2013, 4 weeks before graduating from Law school. An ICD is a life-saving device with wires placed into the right chambers of the heart to stop life-threatening heart rhythms by sending shocks, preventing sudden cardiac arrest. Yes – it was scary at the beginning, I had to adapt to living with an electrical device inside my body beneath my collarbone, operations every 6-10 years, annual checkups, a scar on my chest and some lifestyle changes (lets just say I’ll never be able do a skydive or bungee jump) but, it’s all cool! It’s there to protect me.

I have not let it change my life or let it stop me – I still LOVE to party (Jack Daniels & Diet coke please) and have travelled to numerous beautiful destinations (namely Australia, Thailand, Boston, New York, Morocco, Budapest…& many more) but now I am ready to see A LOT more. I can happily say that I am ready for the new adventures and travel in whatever way possible, with a group of friends, one friend or solo (along with my wires..haha!)

This is how ‘Follow Every Heartbeat’ was created – me following my irregular, crazy Brugada heartbeats around the world!

Follow Every Hearbeat

“You never really travel alone. The world is full of friends waiting to get to know you!”

 

Thanks for reading,

Shannon x