Authors Note

I am so sorry this isn't an update, but I thought I should come and explain why I haven't updated Lovestrong in two months and a few of you have PM'd me to asked that very question.

As some of you may know I have three beautiful nieces who I cherish like they were my own. Well Isla Hope who is my youngest princess (9 months old) was born with six Coronary Heart Defects (CHD's)

She underwent her first open heart surgery at 5 days old and came through it with not a care in the world. Isla Hope O'Leary is an amazing little girl, who beat doctors at their own game.

Isla wasn't so lucky the second time around and on the 4th February 2013 she began the long fight to recover from her second open heart surgery, she was in theatre for 12 hours- with Doctors failing to take her off the bypass machine 3 times. She remains in PICU and has already captured the hearts of so many people around the world.

She has now been in Alder Hey PICU for 9 weeks with no end in sight and she is still fighting hard, after 3 failed attempts to take her off the ventilation she has been to theatre 9 times in the last 8 weeks, for all kinds of different operations and procedures to try to help her- her doctors are dumb founded and don't have a clue how to help her next. Her mummy and daddy are beginning to feel the strain of not having their little girl around. Other hospitals around the country have been consulted and unfortunately they too have been unable to help Isla...

She remains fully ventilated and unable to breathe for herself at Alder Hey Children's Hospital and the end is nowhere in sight... Isla Hope has now been in hospital for over 9 weeks.

She has inspired me so much so that now it is my turn, along with a friend or two to fight for her; I will be taking part in the 2013 Bupa Great Manchester Run and spread awareness for CHD and raising money for Lagans Foundation/ Alder Hey PICU.

Lagan's Foundation is a charity who support and guide families who live with a child who has congenital cardiac defects. Offering respite of any kind, which is invaluable. Lagan's Foundation is a non-profit making organisation that aims to help families who have babies and children up to 5 years old, diagnosed with cardiac defects and / or feeding difficulties. Lagan's Foundation's purpose is to provide an at home respite service staffed by trained volunteers to support parents in their caring role. We are fully supported by Alder Hey Children's Hospital Cardiac and Gastroenterology Departments.

Lagan's Foundation along with other people has offered support to Isla, her Mummy and Daddy; along with other members of our family and without donations they wouldn't be able to offer this amazing service. If you could help in anyway- by sponsoring us, please going on the Virgin Giving Page for Gemma Warburton- Gemma & Lyndsey's fundraising page and give as much or as little as you can.

And finally thank you for the support and understanding- I will get back onto writing as soon as possible- and special thanks to my team; Jill, Sarah and Charlotte without you girls I couldn't have gotten so far.

Thanks again

Gemma - GemLouWarb