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Jenny Woodall


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Name: Jenny Woodall
Conditions: Heart Condition, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Trans Aortic Valve, Pacemaker Implanted
Wears: Classic, FigaroByzantine and Infinity Silver Bracelets
Fun fact: Wrote three suspense novels under the pen name of Victoria Howard

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"I have worn a MedicAlert bracelet for 40 years - the peace of mind it brings is invaluable."


Jenny is a writer, having written three romantic suspense novels under the pen name of Victoria Howard: The House on the Shore (a 2009 Joan Hessayon Award finalist and London Book Festival Honourable Mention: Fiction), Three Weeks Last Spring and Ring of Lies. Several of her short stories have appeared in anthologies, including the Kindle short, A Little Protection.

Jenny has been a member for over 40 years now. She has experienced many challenges in life and she has shared some of them with us:

“I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in my early 20s. Part of that treatment was a splenectomy which means that my spleen was removed and a staging laparotomy procedure (there were no MRIs in the mid 70s!).

Sadly, the radiotherapy I had as part of my treatment damaged my heart valves and, in 2016, I underwent a TAVI procedure (transcatheter aortic valve implantation) and had a pacemaker inserted. I suffered from hyperpyrexic episodes under general anaesthesia and it was suggested to me that I wear a MedicAlert bracelet.

The bracelet gives me peace of mind: should I ever be unable to speak for myself, I know my medical history is available, especially in view of the anaesthetic risk and my subsequent heart issues.

I did lose my bracelet many years ago on a ferry from Mull to the mainland at the end of a holiday and someone found it and returned it to MedicAlert - I received it back within 7 days.


"For anyone with a medical problem, be it an allergy or a serious condition such as mine, I would strongly suggest they invest in a MedicAlert ID for peace of mind."


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