TV chef Sally Bee, 51, admits she wakes up every day wondering ‘if this is the day’ she will die after miraculously surviving five heart attacks
- Sally Bee, 51, lives with rare condition spontaneous coronary artery dissection
- At 36, she was told to say goodbye to her husband after three attacks in a week
- Mother-of-three then went on to have a further two heart attacks over 10 years
- Sally has been completing ‘365 days of positivity’ and is encouraging women to empower each other and live life to the full
Television chef Sally Bee knows what it’s like to wake up and wonder if the day will be her last – because she does it every day.
The 51-year-old, from Statford-upon-Avon, lives with a rare condition known as spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), where the arteries around her heart tear.
The condition doesn’t very often have survivors and is usually diagnosed post-mortem, but Sally who says she is a ‘living walking miracle’, has so far beaten the odds to live through five heart attacks.
Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine, the mother-of-three, who had three heart attacks in the space of one week aged 36, said: ‘Every day I wake up, I think is today the day? There’s little things you can do to get your mindset right.’
TV chef Sally Bee survived three heart attacks at the age of 36, before going to have two more over the next ten years. She lives with a rare condition known as spontaneous coronary artery dissection
Remaining positive with her ‘365 days of positivity’ movement, she urged other women to empower and support each other through illness and times of need.
She added: ‘My favourite mantra is “every day above ground is a great day”, and when you look at it like that you can’t really moan.’
Sally was 36 when she was rushed into hospital and her diagnosis was so dire, that at one point her husband Dogan, 55, and their children, Tarik, 20, Kazim, 17, and 15-year-old Lela were told to say their goodbyes.
‘I wasn’t mean to survive any of them,’ Sally told Lorraine.
Sally was rushed into hospital after her hearts attacks and her diagnosis was so dire, that at one point her husband Dogan, 55, and their children, Tarik, 20, Kazim, 17, and 15-year-old Lela were told to say their goodbyes (pictured)
However, Sally pulled through and doctors credited her healthy eating lifestyle as one of the main reasons she survived, especially as there is no cure or treatment for SCAD.
Sally, who is the author of six cookbooks, did go on to have a further two heart attacks over the next ten years, but again beat the odds and has been living her life to the full as much as she can.
Speaking about her positivity movement, Sally explained: ‘It is my legacy I want women to empower other women.
‘Being the best you is there to help people. It’s by getting happy and healthy and weight loss is an easy to achieve side effect,’ she added.
Lorraine airs weekdays on ITV at 8.30am
Sally, who takes beta-blockers to keep her heart relaxed, said she wakes up every day wondering if it will be her last so tries to keep a positive mindset
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