Please read if you have a chance; Hello friends my name is Kathryn smith and I hope you read this with an open mind and an open heart. My father died suddenly when I was 10 of a heart attack, we didn’t know but he had a severe and dangerous form of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. It devastated my mother me and my sister’s lives for many years. From the stress of it I was always ill as a child, I lost my hair at some points, I was always terribly ill in and out of hospital and doctors couldn’t diagnose me as they didn’t know what it was. I missed most of my childhood. Now thankfully these days I have tried to deal with what happened to us and I’m very healthy, have a job and a group of friends. I've always known that my father passed his disease onto me and have always had various tests to keep an eye on it but recently had a hospital appointment where I was told it’s gotten much worse and looks as though it will go the same way as my dad’s. They are giving me more tests and sending me to a speciality cardiomyopathy unit in London to see what they can do. However; sadly there is no cure and no way of stopping it from happening, there are some medicines such as beta blockers that I take that can help to control my heart rhythm but once the muscle in the heart starts to grow there is no way of stopping it. I’m unsure of whether a heart transplant would work but that in itself is a terrifying notion. They have told me I have 8 years possibly 10 left. I am 28 years old. Why I’m asking for your help I’m asking for your help because I don’t want to spend what time I have left working a minimum wage job in a small town that has nothing to offer anyone. I feel so confused and angry even because I don’t feel 8 or 10 years is enough. But I know that I would love to spend it travelling around the world working, doing different jobs, meeting different people, hopefully helping people along the way and experiencing whatever I can. I DO NOT want a free ride; I just need some help to kick start my adventure and get me out of here. I will always work anywhere I go as I don’t feel I deserve a free ride. I am working every day in my job as a chef in a tiny town in England to try to save up money to get me to Australia, new Zealand, Canada.... I just need some help in the form of donations from you so that I don’t have to waste another 2 years in this place saving up to get out of here and start living my life whilst I still can. Rules I would try to stay with family friends wherever I go until I can get my own accommodation so any donations would be travel expenses only. I will not stay in a country for more than 2 weeks unless I have a job sorted for myself because I don’t want any donators to think I’m just after a holiday. I want to work. I will not be fussy when it comes to work. A job is a job and I will do pretty much anything I can to support myself. Plus I would love to try all different kinds of jobs! I think I have a lot to offer and a lot of life in me but I can’t do anything stuck in a dead end job in a small town. I want so much to get out there and see the world and just live my life while I can. Please help me by donating as much or as little as you can. Thank you for at least reading.