Ben Forsyth- Facebook Post 25th August 2015.


Okay here it goes,


I know a lot of my friends have heard my news that I received a couple of weeks ago but I thought I would make a post so that everyone knows what my situation is.


After really struggling for form on my bike the last couple of years in races whilst training as hard as I could, and then having breathing issues when going hard in recent months, I finally found out what the problem is, and sadly it is not a problem that I can overcome.


After a recent MRI scan I had, I received the results a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately I have been diagnosed with a type of heart disease called 'Arrythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy'.


Sadly this means that I am never allowed to race my bike or do any other intense sport again in my life. This is obviously soul destroying for me as all I have ever wanted to be is a professional cyclist. Even when times have been tough over the last couple of years I have gritted my teeth and kept trying to improve and I always tried my hardest to believe that I would get back to doing well again.


The last 2 weeks have been a bit of a struggle but I feel like I am getting better everyday. At first I thought my life was over, but now I am starting to look at the positives; I'm still alive. And also now I have a reason as to why I wasn't progressing like I really should have been.

Over the coming months I will be finding out more and more on what my limitations are, but it looks like I will be getting a pace maker and internal defibrillator fitted inside my chest.


I know I will get through this and find new goals and continue to have fun and stay involved in the cycling world as much as I possibly can.
I am very grateful to have so many supportive friends both in cycling, and outside of cycling, also an amazing girlfriend who has always been incredibly supporting, and my family who have stuck by me through the good times and the bad.


For now it looks like the only cycling I will be doing will be mega easy flat cafe rides, and I'll make sure I enjoy every single one of them.

I felt like I needed to make this post so that people know that I never quit the sport I love, but sadly I have been forced to stop.

One last thing is that I would urge anyone between 14 and 35 years old to go to http://www.c-r-y.org.uk and check for a screening near you. That's what I did 2 years ago and this amazing charity may have saved my life by diagnosing an irregular heart beat at that time.


Over and out.


Ben.

Ben, make sure you always stay involved, the boys love having you around.

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