NEWBRIDGE woman says she was told she suffered from heart disease that killed her mother made her realize she had to start living her dreams.
Kristy Silburn, 24, of Pantside saw her world turned upside down in July 2007 when her mother Susan, 50, died suddenly from undiagnosed hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart muscle thickens.
Ignoring the illness, it wasn’t until Miss Silburn went to wake her mother up one morning that she discovered the tragic death.
To further add to the pain, Miss Silburn learned that the disease is hereditary and that she also suffers from the disease, making it difficult for the heart to pump blood.
Although Miss Silburn is not suffering from any symptoms at the moment, they can include shortness of breath, chest pain, and palpitations.
She has also had to make some lifestyle adjustments, including reducing her gym visits from seven to three times a week to make sure she doesn’t put too much strain on her heart.
She also has heart scans every few months and annual checkups.
She said: “The loss of my mother was quite difficult, so I was told that I also had to deal with the disease was a shock.
“It’s still in my head, but I also realized that life is too short.”
This led Miss Silburn to use her inheritance and savings to set up the Your Moment wedding planning service, Victoria Terrace, Newbridge, which will be operating for two years in October.
The company helps organize the wedding days and offers additional features such as chair covers, chocolate fountains, and centerpieces.
Your Moment now hosts up to three weddings each weekend and in July they’ve planned around 20 weddings on their own.
So far, Miss Silburn has run the business on her own, but hopes to employ more staff in the near future.
She said: “I hope mom is proud of what I have accomplished.”
Miss Silburn will be at a wedding fair at the Caerphilly Leisure Center on September 12 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information on Your Moment, visit www.weddingsatyourmoment.co.uk.