I went for a run tonight in the wild misty rain that was blowing into Falmouth. Near the end of my run I noticed a bus shelter advert which said. Back pain? Spinal surgery.

It reminded me of 2010 where I was involved in a minor car crash which completely ruined my back. I had to take time off work and ended up changing jobs. I wasn’t in a good place for around 2 years during which time I took a youth group to Soul Survivor.

Hi there,

My name is Alex and when I was very young I was diagnosed with a heart problem. I probably was about 2 or 3 years old at the time and I know now that it must have been hard going for my parents as I have a 2 year old called Joshua. So the doctors decided that the best thing for me to do was to have major heart surgery. So when I turned 4 they drove me up from Cornwall to Bath where I was to go to hospital to fix my Coarctation of the aorta.  The good news is that the surgery worked and after hours of waiting and worrying I was fixed. I have grown up normally having regular tests and fitness checkups and at the age of 16 I was signed off as being fit and healthy. Physically I was fixed.