The ‘Game’ That Is Life

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As some of you may have noticed, I have been absent from your screens for some time. I am now back at work and many of you have been very kind in welcoming me back via social media. Along with your kind words and welcoming statements have also come the natural, and inevitable, questions about where I have been and the reasons for not being on air or on social media. I had chosen during my absence not to speak about it with the full intention of explaining everything upon my return. I’ll be honest and tell you that I have sat down numerous times to write this blog trying to give an explanation and have abandoned each and every attempt thus far.

So here I am again, trying to explain. I’m not sure why I am having difficulty in doing this, it could be my natural inclination towards being a fairly private kind of person, it could be my Irish Catholic upbringing that says you shouldn’t talk too much about yourself because that’s just sinful self-indulgence and boastfulness, or it could simply be that I, perhaps, haven’t quite come to terms with everything that has happened myself and the longer I delay talking or writing about it the longer I get to go on living without having to acknowledge that, fundamentally, life has changed for me.

So what did happen, where was I? Well, to answer that question I think I need to tell you a story, if you will indulge me.

There was a little five-year-old boy who remembers waking up one morning to the sound of a lot of raised voices and the sight of a nurse in a starched uniform and a doctor running up the stairs of his house and into his parents’ room. A five-year-old boy who, later that day, saw his house filled with all his aunties and uncles and his mum and dad not being there. A five-year-old boy who saw his mum arriving back to his house, but not his dad.

That little boy had lost his dad that day to a fatal heart attack; his dad was 47 years old.

From that moment, the only way the little boy could feel safe and secure that he wasn’t going to loose his mum as well as his dad, was to be a big boy and to be brave. The thing that helped him to be brave was playing a ‘game’ in his mind, a game that no one else ever knew about. A ‘game’ he has never spoken about, ever. The ‘game’ was “what age should I be before it is OK for mummy to die?” Not the sort of game that any little five-year-old boy should ever have to play.

As time went on, the little boy continued to play this game in his head and as he grew older, the acceptable age for his mummy to die grew older too.

When this little boy was finally a grown up himself, his game changed. When he was an adult the game he played in his head was “let me beat the odds in the game of life and get past the age of 47”. He didn’t play this game all the time, but it was always there in the back of his mind. He liked winning at games and he knew that even when he wasn’t consciously playing the game, most of the time, in reality, he was always playing the game, all of the time. He desperately needed to beat that 47 milestone without any major health incidents. Winning this game was, literally, life or death for him.

The little boy I refer to is, of course, me.

Hurtling back into the present day and 2018, in May of this year, my brother, who is four days shy of being one year older than me and lives in the north of England, had to go into hospital to have stents put in the arteries of his heart because he had coronary artery disease. History and genetics were following us through the generations, it seemed. I travelled up to be with him. We were told it would be fairly straightforward and the procedure itself would take about an hour and a half. When they took my brother off to theatre for this procedure (the theatre is called a CathLab), I went off to buy a bottle of water, as my throat suddenly felt extremely dry. It was a very large hospital, but I had only been gone about 15-20 minutes. When I returned to my brother’s room, they told me he was on his way back from the CathLab. This didn’t feel like a good sign. When my brother returned, he told me that the planned stent procedure couldn’t happen and they needed to perform a triple bypass ASAP. I kept my face as natural as I could, desperately trying not to gasp in horror or turn completely pale.

I stayed with my brother for the rest of the day. Making lists of things he needed me to do, cancelling work, and going out and buying him bags of food that he liked from the supermarket right next door to the hospital – not that he could eat any of it, as he was fasting in preparation for his surgery. I just wanted him to know I was there and I would help. My brother and I were very close as children, being so close in age, but life and time had disconnected us a little. In that moment, though, I became fiercely protective of him – it felt like, what I can only imagine, being a parent must feel like. In that moment I loved him so much, I would have moved mountains for him.

I stayed strong, though, and spoke gently with him about how he was feeling about everything happening so quickly, and he took a surprisingly pragmatic approach to it all. I had to be brave and practical for him; he was in hospital so someone else would have to do the ‘heavy lifting’, for the moment. The day was moving on and time was running out, and I had to have the inevitable conversation with him about what to do should the worst happen – what were his wishes? A difficult and painful conversation that no one ever wants to have, but I put my practical pants on and so did he, I loved him for that. Between us we made an arrangement not to tell my dear old mum what was happening, well not yet anyway. Instead, we would wait until he was safely out of surgery and had gotten through the first 24 hours in Intensive Care. Mum is getting on a little bit and her own health has not been the best for a little while, so it was decided to spare her the worry until my brother was out of the woods and on the road to recovery. This was easier said than done because mum and I speak regularly and she knew I was with my brother so, regrettably, I had to lie to her through faux cheery, breezy telephone conversations and that only added to the stress I was already feeling, trying to be brave in front of my amazing brother who was fighting so hard to battle through his surgery and recovery.

In order to cope, I went into full organisational mode. I got stuck into getting his apartment organised, doing laundry, changing his bed linen, buying a spare fold up bed for me, and any visitors who may come to visit in the coming months, to sleep on. I sat quietly by his bed side offering cold drinks and mopping up his sweat as he battled his way through the physical aftermath of his surgery – the psychological aftermath would have to be dealt with later.

I stayed for another week whilst he was in hospital and then my sister and nephew came over from Ireland to stay with him at home, as I had work and other engagements I needed to attend to. It’s been a long road to recovery for my brother and I don’t mind admitting that when I was alone I sobbed tears for him and everything he was going through and how his life would be different now. I also cried because I didn’t know what the future would hold for him. What kind of a life would he have now? I mean he was still young, he was just 47 years old, the same age as dad was when he died from heart problems, and I kept thinking that, unlike dad, he would survive to see the age of 48. My brother had taken on my game and won. He made it passed 47 years of age. A major milestone, certainly, but at what cost?

In time, I returned to work and my brother and I spoke almost every day during his recovery. My sister was amazing and had arranged all kinds of care for him at home. Everything was going well. He was recovering, slowly, and he was heading in the right direction.

My sister and I

In the meantime, I was at work and had been sent an email to come and have a health check via my work health insurance, which I duly accepted. My health check was set for a date in June, about a week before my birthday. To put my health check in context, I am someone who has always gone to the gym and been active, I also kept a very keen eye on my diet and nutrition since my late teens. On my return from being with my brother, I had requested a preliminary checkup from my GP, which I thought prudent given my history and everything my brother was going through, and he told me I was in good health and there was nothing to worry about.

Knowing I look after myself, I made my way to my health check in a fairly positive frame of mind.

This was my first ever full health check and I wasn’t sure what to expect. They call it a 360 degree health check as it is a thorough and comprehensive check of your physical and psychological health, inside and out, top to bottom. A full service and MOT as it were.

I arrived at the appointed time and place with my bag, containing some gym gear and trainers (required for a treadmill ECG) as requested. A young woman came and introduced herself and gave me a form to fill in requesting all the usual info. (I should mention that a couple of weeks prior to my appointment, I had been asked to complete a very detailed question about my diet, lifestyle, fitness activities and psychological outlook on life).

This form I had been handed was just a few standard questions: you know, the usual – name, age, etc. The final question, though, was one that gave me reason to pause: “Are there any issues you wish to particularly focus on during your health check?” Hmmm, I thought. I do have that painful shoulder problem that keeps recurring and then there are my ongoing problems with my back since I put it out two or three years ago. Should I ask to focus on those? Honestly, my family’s propensity for heart problems didn’t occur to me initially. After all I am the one who for 30 odd years went to they gym anything up to 5 times a week (the reason my back was causing me problems was because I had injured it just after a Bootcamp in Spain where we worked out 3 times a day, for goodness sake!), I was physically fit, in my opinion. Not only that, I looked after my diet too. Drinking homemade green smoothies regularly, eating a predominantly plant-based diet and not having eaten meat for over 30 years, I didn’t really drink much alcohol and I kept myself fairly well hydrated. I genuinely thought I had nothing to worry about.

My heart healthy diet…

For some reason, though, the game that I played with myself popped back into my head. “Will you make it past 47?” I heard it taunting me. So I requested that we focus on my heart health, if only to stick the proverbial two fingers up at the taunting game and tell it that I was the one winning here!

I returned my form to the young woman and she asked me to step into a room with her where, over the course of an hour or two, she took blood samples to be sent off to the lab, carried out an ECG, made me bend and stretch whilst she measured my flexibility, measured every part of my body, talked to me about the ‘Mediterranean diet’ and told me that generally she thought that I was doing well and would probably only need a few very minor tweaks to my life.

Once all of this was done, I was asked to take a seat and was offered a snack to eat as I had been fasting overnight for all of the initial blood tests. I was told to relax and I would then have the next part of my assessment with a doctor, who would have all the results of the tests and would talk me through everything.

I had the rest of the day off work and I was just planning in my head what I might do with my time – maybe pop to the gym and get some shopping done? I was also smugly thinking to myself how well I had done in my diet and exercise questions and wondered if I had detected a note of disappointment in the young woman’s tone that I actually had a pretty good diet and activity levels and there wasn’t much she could actually lecture me about. After all, I had maintained the same waist size for over 30 years! How many middle-aged men coming in for health assessments does that happen with? Probably not that many, I was telling myself when I was jolted from my self-indulgent praise by the very same young woman who was telling me that the doctor was ready to see me and that I could get changed into my gym gear after our meeting for my treadmill ECG and she would be waiting for me.

Another heart healthy meal… it’s exactly the same as my normal diet!

Off I headed to see the doctor, still praising myself for all the time and energy I invested in my health and nutrition up to this point in my life. How smart was I? How well I had done outfoxing that gnawing, psychological ‘game’ in my head.

I sat down with the doctor who was warm and friendly and he started to go through some of the preliminary results with me. They have there own phlebotomy lab on site so all of my blood results were already there with the doctor. He started by asking why I had asked to focus on my heart health and I explained about my brother and my father and also that I had not been firing on all cylinders for a while (which I had just been putting down to work and the pace of modern living).

He said that my ECG showed anomalies which clearly suggested there was a problem and that, combined with several red flags in my blood results, suggested that I should speak with a specialist in Cardiology as soon as possible. Everything slowed down suddenly. The room felt smaller and the floor was suddenly rushing away from me.

I asked how serious it was and he said he felt it was serious enough that I should contact a cardiologist the same day. I didn’t know any cardiologists? How was I meant to find a cardiologist? What is this guy talking about? He made a few helpful suggestions, but I wasn’t really listening properly. He must have known this as he wrote everything down for me.

When he was finished I guess I wasn’t fully processing what he had said, or the enormity of it as I asked about getting changed for my treadmill ECG, where they make you run on a treadmill whilst they measure the electrical waves in your heart and I knew the young woman from earlier was waiting, but he told me he didn’t feel it would be ‘safe’ for me to do that. Not safe? What did that mean? That was the moment I realised that this was serious.

A week later, I was sitting in a room with my cardiologist as he told me that based on the results of the tests from my health checkup and along with everything else I had told him he was sure, before he carried out any tests of his own, that I had heart failure. It was the day before my 47 birthday!

It would take many more paragraphs to go through all of the details of everything that followed. Suffice it to say that I had heart surgery early in August of this year. My situation was serious and the worst is over me, for the moment. I chose to not say anything publicly at the time, firstly because, as with my brother, I didn’t want mum to know until the worst was over and mainly because I didn’t want to make a big deal about it – as I said before, I am a fairly private kind of guy. It was at my request that the management didn’t make an announcement about it either. There are actually still people at work who don’t know where I have been or why.

Before my surgery

I am writing this blog because many of you have contacted me and my fellow presenters on social media asking where I was. I know that they, and I, gave a vague reply that I was having some time off and would be back soon. That was a form of protection and self-preservation at the time, as I just didn’t have the energy or inclination to go into details. I do want to say how touched I have been by the messages many you have sent and for all of you who have asked after me and where I was and when, or if, I was coming back. I apologise to those who felt they weren’t being given any information about the situation, but, again, that was at my request and my colleagues and managers were doing a wonderful job of protecting me and my privacy at the time.

My arm felt like a pin cushion…

Four days after surgery, and fed up with tubes and needles!

My road to recovery was, unfortunately, not a straightforward one. It was long and bumpy and difficult, dealing with side effects of medications (I’ve never had to take prescribed medications for any length of time in my life, so that’s been an adjustment), bouts of Pericarditis (an inflammation of the Pericardium, the sack that surrounds the heart), late night ambulance trips to A&E, readmission to hospital etc., but I am back at work at last and have been on air this past week.

A middle of the night visit to A&E. All part of the rollercoaster ride that is recovery!

Five days after surgery and having been allowed my first shower! The joy and the ecstasy of being freshly washed and wearing fresh PJs!!

I am still in the latter stages of recovery but feel well enough to be working and hope I continue to improve and get stronger as time goes on. Hopefully, most of you won’t notice any difference now to when I was on air before and I want you to know that your many well wishes and enquiries are part of what got me back there. I am so grateful to have a degree of normality in my life that many of us take for granted. Commuting to work, being in an office, doing my job, shopping for groceries, cleaning the house, walking, sitting, sleeping – all things that at times over the last four months I was unable to do for various reasons. All these normal everyday things sometimes feel like miracles to me. For that I am truly thankful.

My first day going outside on my own after surgery. A big moment – and weirdly terrifying!

To finish up, I want to publicly thank my cardiology team, the Nuffield Health Check team, all my friends and family who rallied around me and supported me through this and for all my colleagues and those of you who have wished me well. I have beaten the ‘game’ for now. Long may I continue.

One of the many messages sent to me

Until next time, look after yourselves (and have your heart checked!)

Miceal xxx

235 Comments

  1. Judy Wolfe November 30, 2018 at 11:29 am -  Reply

    I have read your blog and been so moved by your story. You are kind, thoughtful and caring and clearly love your family so much. They truly get you like nothing else does in so many ways. I do hope that your friends and family have been allowed to help you. I know how being strong in your mind means helping others but somehow minimising your own needs. Let them help, for their sake too. I do hope you and your brother are well on the road to recovery and you continue on QVC, love your presentations so much.
    Very best wishes, Judy

    • Tina Meftah November 30, 2018 at 6:48 pm -  Reply

      Hello Miceal, Judy has taken the words right out of my mouth. Please take things slowly and start looking after YOU!
      I used to be a host mum, to foreign students learning English. I used to look after them as if they were my own children and I would encourage them to have conversations with me, they soon lost their shyness, speaking in English publically! However, I put my heart and soul into this “job” it was more of a vocation for me than a job! Which leads me to say in January 2016 I told the school that I wanted to take a couple of weeks off. On the 21st of January 2016, my youngest son came to visit me, he said I looked really yellow! I felt fine. He phoned our GP and got an appointment for the next day, he took me to see the doctor who then told me to go home and pack a bag as he is admitting me to the hospital for a few days! What the????? So my son and I went home packed a bag and off to hospital with doctors letter in hand, I had Jaundice and cirrhosis ( yes I did drink every evening but not excessively, it was over a period of 38 years of drinking alcohol that has caused it! (I grew up in Malta) I must admit though it didn’t come as a surprise.). So I was checked into “hotel” Addenbrookes for a week. I was told to stop looking after and putting everybody first. It was those couple of weeks I took off having students that my system went into rapid decline! I hadn’t really looked after myself properly as everyone else came first, my now grown up sons, my 2 now grown up step-children, my husband my granddaughter and students also my friends I didn’t have time for myself. I am now on the road of recovery. Me first?? that is what am finding hard to do, but watching QVC and buying things for me has well and truly helped! – That’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it!

      I am very happy to hear that your brother is recovering nicely xxx

      So Mr Gorgeous Murphy, Please look after yourself – we the viewers have missed you so very much!

      I am sending you big love xxx

    • Bridget Trombetta December 2, 2018 at 7:20 pm -  Reply

      I have just read your blog, I don’t normally feel I could get in touch. Just had to send you love and prayers. If I had known at the time of your op, you would have been in my prayers. You are now. Wishing you continuing recovery ,for your self and your brother.
      love Bridget xx

  2. valerie rollings November 30, 2018 at 11:29 am -  Reply

    you have been through the mill. hope you and your brother are getting better. it will be nice to see you back at work. you have been missed. you take it easy and dont over do it. love valxx

  3. Sue Knight November 30, 2018 at 11:30 am -  Reply

    Very Powerful – good luck, good health

  4. Val Rickard November 30, 2018 at 11:39 am -  Reply

    You have really been through the mill. Glad to hear you are on the mend. I wish you improved health for the future and will be good to see you back on our screens.

  5. Dee November 30, 2018 at 11:41 am -  Reply

    bless you Miceal, if course I had noticed you were away but had not imagined it was something so serious. At least you know what you are up against and can work towards it, unlike your poor dad you have every reason to be upbeat xx

  6. CJ November 30, 2018 at 11:41 am -  Reply

    That was a very emotional read and thank you for sharing everything that’s been happening. I totally get about being a private person I am very much myself, especially about these types of things. I’m so glad to see you back at work and wishing you lots of positive thoughts as your moving through your recovery. Lots of hugs too as I know ur good at them from the Beauty Bash.

  7. Ebeth McCarrison November 30, 2018 at 11:53 am -  Reply

    Missed you Micael love and prayers to you and your Brother hope to see you soonx

  8. Patricia Taylor November 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm -  Reply

    So very lovely to hear that you are now back with us on QVC. Keep on getting better and recovering and brightening our screens with your lovely personality x

  9. Jo Tometzki November 30, 2018 at 12:04 pm -  Reply

    As a private person, this must have been a very hard thing to talk about. And the game was very tough for a little boy…or even a big boy! Sending you the biggest hug I have todayoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  10. Allyson November 30, 2018 at 12:07 pm -  Reply

    I thought long and hard about how to reply to your blog, I can’t think of anything to say other than,

    God bless you.

  11. Julie Knight November 30, 2018 at 12:13 pm -  Reply

    So glad you r recovering and getting back to normal after such a difficult and scary episode – missed yr cheery presence so welcome back

  12. Sue November 30, 2018 at 12:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Miceal – I really hope you’re on the mend and that the worst is now behind you. Well done for sharing your story here – I think it’s really important and brave of you to be so open and honest, and I also think this may help others to believe that there is hope if they face a similar, very difficult situation. Thank you.
    Take care of yourself and every good wish for a happy and healthy 2019

  13. Eileen Mahoney November 30, 2018 at 12:30 pm -  Reply

    Oh Miceal…..how absolutely terrifying for you. I had assumed that you were suffering from your back….little did I know. Weren’t you sooo fortunate that that health check happened when it did and that they caught the problem while there was still time to sort it – my old and firm belief in fate and “everything happening for a reason” at work again. I am sooo sad and sorry for all you have been through for the past few months but am very happy to hear that you are now over the worst of it, on the mend and growing stronger by the day. Take good care of yourself and never lose your cheery, fun and funny outlook on life. The best is yet to come.

  14. judith white November 30, 2018 at 12:33 pm -  Reply

    So nice to see you back, after such a long journey, look forward to the future now , which l am sure will be a long and happy one.

  15. Anne Lewis November 30, 2018 at 12:45 pm -  Reply

    You take care! Lovely to see you back on QVC

  16. Anita November 30, 2018 at 12:48 pm -  Reply

    Oh Miceal, thank you so much for sharing. I am with you on this journey as I was given the gift of a stent in August as a surprise! I thought I might be able to share but the tears are blurring my vision to type. All i will say is i’m very grateful to you for letting me know I’m not alone!

  17. Nikki November 30, 2018 at 12:49 pm -  Reply

    Welcome back Miceal. I’m so pleased you’ve beaten yourself at your own game, and long may that continue. I’m pleased for you and your Family that your Brother is doing well too. All the very best, as you continue to get fitter each and every day. Take it easy, and don’t sweat the small stuff. XxX

  18. Caroline November 30, 2018 at 12:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Micael, so glad you’re ok and back to feeling more like yourself. My adopted father died at 54 from a heart attack, that too is a young age to loose a father and I know how you feel about that. The reason he died never stayed in my mind just that he was gone. However, when I was 50 I too had a heart attack, it brought the reasons my dad died back into focus. There was no correlation between our two conditions as he wasn’t my birth parent, but the similarities didn’t escape me. I found out I have a genetic disease which had obviously never been shared at my birth and I was lucky, I’m in good health again. My children now get tested on a regular basis. Your story resonated with me; it’s not often I think about my own heart issues these days, just keep taking the tablets! Lol. I wish you and your brother good health moving forward, but I’m sorry you both had to go through your ordeals.

  19. Maria Stairmand November 30, 2018 at 1:18 pm -  Reply

    Glad you are feeling better. Take care of yourself!

  20. Tania Blakeman November 30, 2018 at 1:26 pm -  Reply

    We’ve missed you miceal but glad to see your on the road to recovery now , and seeing you back on our screens , you and your brother take it easy and look after yourselves mwwwaaaahhhh xxxxxxxx

  21. Caz webster November 30, 2018 at 1:38 pm -  Reply

    Omg what amazing story my heart goes out to you god bless you with a future healthy life may all your dreams come true and you enjoy life to the fullest as it’s to short for us all as I like you from an early age always thought I wouldn’t make it to old age but I just celebrated my 61 birthday so in my eyes every day from now on is a blessing god bless take care cazz

  22. EILEEN ARCHIBALD November 30, 2018 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    Miceal, thank you very much for your blog. So sorry for the frightening time you have been through and so very pleased you are recovering and back to work. 18 months ago my 50 year old son went to the Docs with high blood pressure, he was taken straight from the surgery by blue light ambulance and a few days later had a triple bypass. As you say the initial fear is overwhelming but pleased to say his recovery was good and he is back to good health. Can I say to you Miceal for the next few months be selfish and take care as we only get one chance of life. Good health to your brother als

  23. Eileen McCarthy November 30, 2018 at 1:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Miceal
    What a truly amazing story! Thank you for sharing it.
    As one of my favourite presenters,I’ve really missed seeing you on QVC.
    It’s great to have you back.
    Best wishes to you and all your family.

  24. Deborah Lunn November 30, 2018 at 2:01 pm -  Reply

    So pleased you are recovering your story brought back memories for me almost 2 years ago i had a quintuple bypass like you hereditary heart disease which took my mother at the age of 57 being 55 now myself i also think let me pass the age of 57 God bless you and i hope you continue to recover xx

  25. Lin shortman November 30, 2018 at 2:02 pm -  Reply

    Its nice to see you back on qvc Miceal i have missed seeing your cheerful face it was right that you get your self checked by the hospital and get it sorted so you can recover and start getting on with your life you have a lovely relationship with your family and wonderful friends who protected you while recuperating i hope your brother is doing well best wishes to you and your family and friends Lynxxx

  26. Jackie Jones November 30, 2018 at 2:02 pm -  Reply

    Michael, like many I have missed seeing you on screen over the last few months and wondered what could be wrong. Thousand you for being so open and honest in your blog, which must have been so hard to write. What an awful time you (and your family and friends) have had of it, and it is wonderful that you now feel well enough to return to some level of normality. I wish you well with your continuing recovery. It makes you realise what a tenuous hold we have on life and just how precious it is and how sometimes fate intervenes to help us. Best wishes to you, your family and friends and the wonderful medical staff.

  27. Pam Shield November 30, 2018 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    Wow. What a shock to read through all of that Miceal. You don’t need to apologise for not letting us, the viewers, know what was going on. It’s your life and your journey and you have to deal with it how you see fit.
    But thank you for now feeling able to share it with us. I do believe everything happens for a reason, the timing of your brother’s operation only to find out that he needed major surgery with the heart by-pass. Your medical, which showed up the heart failure but at a time when you were strong enough to get it sorted before any progressive damage was done.
    As you say, you have such a healthy lifestyle that you would have thought you’d done everything you could to prevent any heart issues.
    I am so pleased that you and your brother received the treatment you needed. Well done for beating the ‘game’ and long may it continue for both of you. Nice to have you back. God bless you x

  28. Dawn Titmarsh November 30, 2018 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    Wow your blog is amazing. I can understand how hard it must of been for you to write it but sometimes it just does you good to speak out and also will help others who may be in a similar situation.
    It is lovely to see you back on our screens looking so well.
    Sending love and best wishes to you and your Brother and the rest of your family xx

  29. Sue Langley November 30, 2018 at 2:26 pm -  Reply

    I have missed seeing you and am so glad that you have been able to return to work after such a life changing few months. So pleased you are now well into your recovery and wish you and your Brother all the very best. XX

  30. tessa goddard November 30, 2018 at 2:30 pm -  Reply

    Wow what a story you have shared, thankyou for being so honest and telling us about your Dad and brother, wishing you all the best in your recovery, it is great to see you back on our screens, take care of yourself sending lots of love xxxxx

  31. Sue Rayner November 30, 2018 at 2:50 pm -  Reply

    Such a moving and emotional blog. Glad you are back on the mend Miceal.
    Sending love and hugs. xx

  32. Wendy Hampson November 30, 2018 at 2:51 pm -  Reply

    Hello Miceal, Sometimes words speak for themselves and when you have been through something like this you know each others feelings and thoughts so I would just like to give you the biggest hug you have ever had. So, so glad to see you again and looking real dapper too. I have really missed you. Love and hugs to you and your family. God bless xxxxxxxx

  33. Dianne Roden November 30, 2018 at 2:57 pm -  Reply

    So moving & am relieved you are recovering well. I also have a family history of heart problems. My dad died at 57 & I’m 57 next year & I try not to think about it too. I worked briefly at QVC in 2015 where I had the pleasure of meeting you in the staff shop & we spoke about Yankee Candles. So looking forward to seeing you back on air & send my love to you & your brother. BIG HUGS xxxx

  34. Sam Smith November 30, 2018 at 2:58 pm -  Reply

    Welcome back Miceal 2 our screens I’m glad you’re feeling better & surgery went well mate

  35. Sam Smith November 30, 2018 at 3:04 pm -  Reply

    Hope to see U soon & hope u & ur brother and hope u also look after yourselves and I’ve missed u on the screen with ur fellow colleagues

  36. Jackie Conway November 30, 2018 at 3:07 pm -  Reply

    Welcome back you were missed , bless you and your family xx

  37. Christine milnes November 30, 2018 at 3:08 pm -  Reply

    We have all missed you Miceal and your lovely smile so glad you are feeling a little stronger it will be lovely to see you back on QVC.xx

  38. Christine milnes November 30, 2018 at 3:14 pm -  Reply

    So glad you are feeling a little better Miceal we have all missed you on QVC it will be lovely to see you back on QVC.xx

  39. Sarah J Hall November 30, 2018 at 3:18 pm -  Reply

    Thank you for sharing your story, as a fellow suffer of heart failure, I to was diagnosed at 47, its good to highlight this, especially, if you never noticed any real symptoms. You have been really brave and strong, don’t rush your recovery, thank you again for sharing.

  40. emma November 30, 2018 at 3:19 pm -  Reply

    Glad you are on the road to recovery and back at work. Wishing you and your brother continued good health x

  41. Sandy Hill November 30, 2018 at 3:19 pm -  Reply

    Oh my goodness, what an awful time you have had! Sending love and prayers to you and your brother, you are such a lovely person, Take care, xxxxx

  42. Jackie November 30, 2018 at 3:26 pm -  Reply

    Well done! It was great to read a positive recovery story now get on and enjoy life. I am a few decades older than you but had a myectomy in March of this year. Like you, I got fed up with tubes everywhere, I ‘ died’ twice, lost my mind temporarily, and had blurred vision whilst in hospital. It was an uphill battle but wonderful when I reached the top! I still have my inherited heart condition but thanks to a wonderful cardiosurgeon and cardiology team, I can look forward to having a future.

    We survived and it is up to us to make the most of our lives.

    With my best wishes for your continued recovery.

  43. Moray November 30, 2018 at 3:27 pm -  Reply

    Onwards and

    Onwards and upwards. Sometimes the journey takes the bendy road. Happy recovery x

  44. Cindy Gordon November 30, 2018 at 3:34 pm -  Reply

    Words do not often fail me, I just want to say good to have you back, Thankyou for sharing! Take great care of yourself, your brother too , God Bless xx

  45. Jean hayes November 30, 2018 at 3:35 pm -  Reply

    God bless you

  46. Heather McMillan November 30, 2018 at 3:36 pm -  Reply

    Dear Micheal I’m so glad you went to the Appointment that day and are well on the road to recovery , as is your Brother . We have missed. You . Wishing You Good Health for the Future . Love and Best Wishes xx

  47. Susan November 30, 2018 at 3:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Miceal,
    Where to begin!? Firstly I’m so relieved to hear you are back and are getting there. Fingers crossed you have caught this thing and I know you’ll have the best care. I can’t believe you all have such a blessing of a health insurance package. It’s picked up a few things for some of you. That’s the plus side. Thank goodness for that but I wonder why your gp didn’t pick it up? I know you’ve looked after your mum so well over the last couple of years and then your brother. You must be mentally drained never mind physically. I really hope your brother and you continue to recover but don’t work too much. If you can help it. Take care and keep in touch when you feel up to it xx

  48. Cath White November 30, 2018 at 3:45 pm -  Reply

    Bless you ! You have certainly been through a very tough time. All my best wishes that you are firmly on the road to recovery x

  49. Maria Strange November 30, 2018 at 3:47 pm -  Reply

    Wow! We missed you, but had no idea the journey you were on.

    So pleased you are now on the road to recovery.

    Welcome back! ❤️

  50. Jill November 30, 2018 at 3:49 pm -  Reply

    You’ve had a journey to hell and back with yourself and your brother but you are both on the mend, please don’t think you’re going to hit the floor running, nice and gently will get you there you just have to be patient. I believe tiredness is one of the side affects so if you feel like a nap take one preferably not in the middle of one of your shows.
    I’m delighted you’re back at the Q but please take it easy just for a little while long.

  51. Diane Wharton November 30, 2018 at 3:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Miceal your story made me cry at what you have been through and did wonder if you had left qvc. It was such a difficult and upsetting time for you but glad you are slowly on your way to recovery. There is heart disease in my family. I lost my mum to isaemic heart disease in April 2008. I had heart tests quite recently and touch wood all was ok. Glad to see you back but please take it easy. All the best for a happy and healthy future. x

  52. Linda November 30, 2018 at 3:54 pm -  Reply

    Just read your blog aww bless miceal hope you are on the mend good to see you back on qvc such a dapper person hope you’re brother is on the mend as well lots of love xxx linda

  53. Yvonne November 30, 2018 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

    Oh I’m so glad your on the mend and also your brother. You have really been missed your lovely smile and voice. I’m sorry I have missed your return but look forward to seeing you on my screen.
    God Bless.

  54. Hester Tulloch November 30, 2018 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Wow Miceal have been one of the many who noticed your absence and how happy I am to have heard your story, as someone who had a husband with a lifelong heart condition I can imagine all to well how you have felt first with your brother and then yourself and sadly your Dad. My husband survived two bypass surgeries 15 years apart and while on the transplant list was diagnosed with cancer and was taken in six weeks in late 2001. I wish you many more years of good health take care of yourself and your family you are in my prayers x

  55. Jean mullen November 30, 2018 at 4:03 pm -  Reply

    What a journey you have gone through good luck and good health and god bless have a great Christmas

  56. Sarah Wise November 30, 2018 at 4:06 pm -  Reply

    Miceal, thank-you for sharing your story, it must have been hard. What a time you and your brother have had. I’m so glad you’re both on the mend and you’re back at QVC. I’ve missed you! Have a lovely Christmas and peaceful New Year. Xxx

  57. Linda Mawdsley November 30, 2018 at 4:11 pm -  Reply

    I have missed you, thought you had maybe moved on . Totally understand you’re feelings, I am having open heart surgery soon. Nice to see you back on tv and making a full recovery. Take care and take it steady xxxx

  58. Suzanne way November 30, 2018 at 4:13 pm -  Reply

    Well young man so sorry to hear what you and your family have had to go through. Been wondering where you were.
    Glad to know you are on the mend and back at qvc.
    Take care xxxx

  59. Debbie Booth November 30, 2018 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    Oh Miceal, what a time you’ve been through!! I have been missing you for a while but didn’t think it would be anything this serious. My husband had a triple bypass operation 8 years ago and in the main he is well and enjoying life, I hope that gives you hope. I really hope you and your brother get back to good health soon and love to your mum too, it must be a worrying time for her as well. Love to you all and take care. Love Debbie. Xx

  60. Helen November 30, 2018 at 4:34 pm -  Reply

    Dear Miceal, I too have missed seeing you on QVC and so happy to hear that you are recovering. The important thing is that the health issue was identified and dealt with and will continue to be monitored. I’ll share a little of my story. I retired from a long teaching career at 45. I wanted to retire early and to enjoy my life a bit more. One daughter was away at university and my other daughter was in the sixth form. It seemed a good time. My husband and I started planning trips into town to enjoy all that London had to offer and more trips away. Little did we know was that in a few months my 48 year old fit and active husband would need a quadruple bypass. We had always had a healthy life style so there was no obvious cause and the only warning he has was a feeling of tightness in his jaw when walking.

    On reflection he felt blessed because his condition was discovered before things had become worse. My husband is 67 years old now, he goes on the treadmill daily, eats well and takes cholesterol medication and he feels and looks well.
    Five years after my husband’s operation I got diagnosed with MS. The trips into London have been fewer than planned but I know the importance of staying positive. We take cabs to the theatre, I have enjoyed more than enough afternoon teas at some wonderful hotels. I use the wheelchair service at airports and continue to enjoy great holidays.

    Stay positive Miceal and all will be well. X

  61. Jackie cartwright November 30, 2018 at 4:37 pm -  Reply

    Of course you were missed. Thought you were off on a jolly somewhere, as QVC presenters sometimes do. After reading you blog, clearly that was not the case. I’m so pleased you are on the mend. I wish you and your brother continued good health. Xxx

  62. Marie Rodgers November 30, 2018 at 4:37 pm -  Reply

    I know writing was’nt easy for you miceal but now you have done it iam sure you will feel better. Wishing you and your brother a speedy recovery.

  63. Deborah November 30, 2018 at 4:42 pm -  Reply

    Welcome back!!!!! Glad you are well and truly on the mend – I liked the ‘stubble’ look!!

  64. Lesley Hill November 30, 2018 at 4:49 pm -  Reply

    Wondered why we hadnt seen you on air for a while.
    Hope you are on the road to a full recovery. Take care xx

  65. Claire November 30, 2018 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

    Your story, honesty & bravery have moved me to tears. Wishing so much good health, happiness & luck to you & all your family & loved ones. Sending massive love to you all. And it’s great to have u back too xx

  66. SHIRLEY BAILEY November 30, 2018 at 5:00 pm -  Reply

    So glad to hear you both on the mend. Very emotional read ,love & best wishes to you & your family. Good to have you back !

  67. Clare November 30, 2018 at 5:01 pm -  Reply

    N Miceal, first of all I hope your doing well physically & mentally. My dad was like your brother went to doctor with a wee bit of heartburn, went for the stent and within minutes was like eh no what we need it a double bypass. Which he got within 2wks, that was 18yrs ago. Every scan has shown no further damage. Like you he was very active with a great diet so I have every faith your going to do well too. But seriously work will be there, just concentrate on your recovery. You have had major shocks, first your brother then your own health not to mention your worries over mum.
    Lastly p!ease don’t feel pressure in sharing, we think your fab and that’s why we missed you. But your privacy comes first. Thank you for sharing and if you need support the British Heart Foundation are great cx

  68. Sharon Cave November 30, 2018 at 5:01 pm -  Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing your story, Miceal, and wish you lots of love for your continued journey back to full health. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2019 for you and your family!

  69. Debz H November 30, 2018 at 5:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Miceal
    Well haven’t you been through the mill? I’m so glad you’re on the mend. Watching you on QVC Christmas the other day, you’d never guess that you’d been through such a rough time. What you did for your brother only to go through a similar thing yourself must have been so frightening for you. Plus the worry of keeping it all from your Mum too. Please take it easy with your recovery. Lean on those who love you, they will be your strength until yours fully returns.
    Lot of love and gentle hugs.
    Debz. XXX

  70. SheMag November 30, 2018 at 5:09 pm -  Reply

    There are so many things I could say but I’ll limit myself to just one. Thanks to listening to yourself and asking the right questions, you have indeed stuck two fingers up to the 47 Thing. You are mended. You paid attention to yourself and you have won. Well done.

  71. boffy November 30, 2018 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    hi Michel glad your back on QVC you have been missed. my fav presenter by far.

  72. Anne Marie Mason November 30, 2018 at 5:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi, yes, I was one who got a vaige tweet from you and that’s fine, it’s your business. I was happy that you hadn’t just been edged out of the back door. Wow though, what have you been through? Why do so many of us feel we have to hold everything inside? No more games or stories now please, you need to share everything with someone. Even if it’s a counsellor. You have good body health because you’ve lived well before this but you must take care of your mind now too. Stress is a huge thing with heart health. I’m so glad you’re on the mend. Just do what you feel comfortable with and ease yourself back slowly. I look forward to meatball and noodles soon! Take care. X

  73. Kim Egan November 30, 2018 at 5:17 pm -  Reply

    Truly inspiring story, Michael. Best wishes for your continued recovery and looking forward to seeing you on TV again soon x

  74. jennifer Huggins November 30, 2018 at 5:20 pm -  Reply

    God Bless you.

  75. Sandra November 30, 2018 at 5:22 pm -  Reply

    Miceal that is such a lot you have had to go through but you are amazing and you have come through the worst. We do take the everyday things for granted when we shouldn’t. Hope you and your brother and mum have a wonderful Christmas and that 2019 will be the start of a brilliant year xxx

  76. Karen Hunt November 30, 2018 at 5:27 pm -  Reply

    what a journey for you, your brother and your family. God bless you all and may you and your brother keep on winning the game

  77. Chris November 30, 2018 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    You have been missed but the lack of any information gave an inkling something was amiss.
    Your blog was moving and I hope will contribute to your recovery as the body works it’s miracles and heals you physically, the effects on your mind are tougher, accepting you will now always be considered a ‘heart patient’ is difficult but the upside is you’ll be monitored- in our family we refer to it in the same work as an engine being MOT’d and monitored- those looked after last longer than those who aren’t!
    I hope you and your brother continue to recover well and see what you’ve been through as a running repair (albeit a big one) that just makes the years ahead smoother

  78. Gay November 30, 2018 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    Bless you , so glad to see your back and on the mend, we have to live life as full as we can as you never what is round the corner, I hope you and your bother continue wining the game of life x

  79. Janet buckley November 30, 2018 at 6:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Michael reading your blog brought years to my eyes i hope you continue to have good health you have certainly been through the mill take care Janet buckley

  80. May Gledhill November 30, 2018 at 6:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Miceal

    So pleased you are on the mend and that you are back at QVC you were missed. Hope someone is going to be spoiling you and your brother at Christmas. I had tears in my eyes reading your blog what honesty. Hope you and yours have a fantastic festive season and that the New Year is better for all x

  81. Deborah Moore November 30, 2018 at 6:07 pm -  Reply

    Welcome back Miceal, you’ve been so brave. Much love to you and your family. Take care xx

  82. Sara Cormack November 30, 2018 at 6:09 pm -  Reply

    Miceal how brave of you to write this blog about you and your family. I hope you and your brother continue your recoveries at the centre of your family and friends. It is frightening how life can change so quickly. I am sure your blog will have helped many people who have been effected by heart disease. It’s great to see you back and you were the consummate professional on air again this week. Much love. Xx

  83. Margaret George November 30, 2018 at 6:12 pm -  Reply

    Great to see you again. All the very VERY best to you and your family. Thank you for taking the time to tell your story, the struggle has been real, and I do have to say you were missed, it’s wonderful to have you back. Take care, hugs and kisses xxx

  84. Anne Foley November 30, 2018 at 6:16 pm -  Reply

    Much love. I have read every word of your story this far, am so pleased you are here to tell us what has happened. Thank you for sharing, and I wish you all the very best for many years to come 😊💋❤️

  85. Wendy Rodway November 30, 2018 at 6:19 pm -  Reply

    So glad everything went well in your surgery and it’s nice to see you back on qvc we’ve missed you. Your story was very moving, I hope all goes well with your brother and yourself and you can have a Happy Christmas and may 2019 be a great year for you and all of your family especially your Mother as I’m sure it’s been o long journey for her. Take care of yourself x

  86. Annette Mingay November 30, 2018 at 6:20 pm -  Reply

    Read the blog with my coffee. My father and each of his 6other siblings one of them female all died from heart failure. Only two knew they had heart health concerns, my dad being one. I am so pleased we will have you for a long time to come. God Bless you. You had strength for yourself and your family. Please take care, you are a wee precious gem XX

  87. Joanna Downey November 30, 2018 at 6:23 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Miceal, Thank you for your honesty & sharing your history. Thank goodness you went for that check up. I wish you, your brother & mum all the best for the future. Jo x

  88. Jacqui Lake November 30, 2018 at 6:27 pm -  Reply

    You have been through a very tough and difficult time. Your story puts life into perspective. Love and best wishes to you and your brother. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas. I hope 2019 brings you all Good Health Xx

  89. Maria November 30, 2018 at 6:31 pm -  Reply

    Thank you for your blog. It was so sad to read but glad you are back on air and doing well. Look after yourself. Bless you.

  90. Susan Pringle November 30, 2018 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Miceal. I am so pleased to see one of my favourite presenters back on QVC. You have been missed more than you could ever know. Thank you for taking the time to tell us what you have been through over the last few months – I realise it couldn’t have been easy. Hope you, your mum and your brother have a brilliant Christmas and that 2019 will be your best year yet. God bless. xx

  91. Pamela Parsons November 30, 2018 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

    so lovely to hear you and your brother have recovered well do take care ive missed you on QVC welcome back.
    wishing you both a happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year
    Pamela

  92. Jean sherman November 30, 2018 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    I wish you both the very best having had my own personal battle I know how you feel just take it one day ata time. Sending you love and prayers.

  93. Anita Allen November 30, 2018 at 6:39 pm -  Reply

    Miceal, I wish you health and peace in your recovery. It is a joy to know you are back .

    Anita.

  94. Jan Scott November 30, 2018 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

    I know exactly what you mean about your mind game. Mine was to pass 58 the age my dad was when he died. I was 59 in October. Your story is quite amazing with a very happy ending for you and your brother. I look forward to seeing you on QVC soon.

  95. JJ November 30, 2018 at 6:58 pm -  Reply

    What an honest and brave account. I found it incredibly moving. The honesty you showed and character of strength really came through in your blog. You were such an amazing support to your brother I hope you had some support for you. Wishing you all the very best with your recovery. Life is very precious and cannot be taken for granted xx

  96. T L November 30, 2018 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    I read your blog after returning from a doctor’s appointment where I received some positive news following a health scare in the summer . I felt elated things were improving so I had a cuppa and caught up with the qvc blogs . What can i say I was so shocked . I had missed your cheery but so helpful style when presenting and wondered why you were not on telly , had you left and if so what a loss . I am not embarrassed to say I cried reading your story , you are so brave to share and I am sure by doing so you have helped others . I wish you and you brother all the very best for the future and hope you are graced with good health . Take very great care of yourself and I look forward to seeing you soon on screen

  97. Tracy King November 30, 2018 at 7:08 pm -  Reply

    Miceal I cried reading your story, I totally relate to what you said in your blog, my dad died from a heart attack at 47 and I hated getting near to and being 47 then my brother reaching 47 a year later. It totally freaked me out! I hope you make a full recovery and your brother too, sending you love and best wishes. Tracy xxx

  98. Dorota SORONNA November 30, 2018 at 7:08 pm -  Reply

    Wow! You are sp lovely! Well done and All The best for now and future! Great to have you back!

  99. Ann Davidson November 30, 2018 at 7:09 pm -  Reply

    So sorry to hear you have been so I’ll.
    Brilliant to see you back, missed you loads.

    Sending love and best wishes for a continued recovery.

  100. Lois Maloney November 30, 2018 at 7:16 pm -  Reply

    Bless you Micheal, wishing a speedy recovery back to normality. You have been missed, I would never have thought in a million years that you have had a heart complaint because you have always looked liked you have taken good care of yourself. I do hope your brother is well and your dear Mum should be so proud of you and your lovely caring family. Take care, onwards and upwards xx

  101. angela mcmullen November 30, 2018 at 7:18 pm -  Reply

    Thank you for sharing your story. You are such a wonderful person. I wish you well in your recovery.

  102. Heather Simpson November 30, 2018 at 7:20 pm -  Reply

    God bless you and your brother . You will be in my prayers.
    I hope and pray that all you need to do now is recover, be kind to yourself and spend the rest of your life in GOOD HEALTH xxx

  103. Karen November 30, 2018 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    Best wishes to you and your brother, glad you feel better

  104. Sian November 30, 2018 at 7:31 pm -  Reply

    Oh Miceal, what a dreadful time you’ve had. That’s such a powerful and emotional description of events. Thank Heavens you’d led a healthy lifestyle and that you had your check up when you did. QVC really hasn’t been the same without you. I was so pleased to see you on QVC Christmas earlier today. I wish you and your brother a speedy recovery and sincerely hope 2019 will be a happy and healthy year for you both. Xx

  105. Angela little November 30, 2018 at 7:31 pm -  Reply

    Thank you for sharing your story your an inspiration to us all take care xx

  106. Kathleen Williamson November 30, 2018 at 7:43 pm -  Reply

    You have been missing for so long I just knew it must have been something serious, please take care and thank you for your heartfelt message, God bless x

  107. ann cain November 30, 2018 at 8:07 pm -  Reply

    Just read your blog,i am so pleased you are feeling better.Lots of love and best wishes May God bless you.x

  108. Maureen Meredith November 30, 2018 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

    Your blog says it all, will not go into details but understand everything you have said. Do what you are doing, keep strong. Your Mum and Brother are very lucky to have you. Looking forward to seeing the dapper, happy man back. Maureen.xxxxxxx

  109. Michelle fogg November 30, 2018 at 8:31 pm -  Reply

    Welcome back Miceal. You were missed. So glad to hear you are on recovery road. Beautiful blog and very heartfelt.

  110. Liz Curtis November 30, 2018 at 8:39 pm -  Reply

    I wish you a speedy recovery, writing this must have helped you clear your mind, it’s a huge emotional experience you’ve been though. Life changing indeed. Best wishes x

  111. Karen Jones November 30, 2018 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    I’ve been wondering where you were. What an ordeal you have been through.
    Our health is the most precious thing . I’m recovering from a big op at the moment
    and am bored to tears , not working at present. Will be good to see you again
    on our screens but do take it easy xxx

  112. Theresa Hanlon November 30, 2018 at 8:42 pm -  Reply

    So pleased to hear your on the road to recovery after your surgery and all what you have been through with your brother, take care and God bless you.

  113. AnnaG November 30, 2018 at 8:50 pm -  Reply

    Please make sure that if you need support 6, 12, 18, 24 etc months from now that you ask trusted friends for it. It’s not weakness but relationship building. This is your first step of many and it’s always the toughest. You are definitely ahead in tne game!

  114. Anne Keery November 30, 2018 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

    Thank you for explaining what happened. My mum died at 50 and I too worried that I might not reach 51. But with God’s help I am now 66 and hopefully may have quite a few more years ahead. God bless x

  115. Jane Harvey November 30, 2018 at 9:05 pm -  Reply

    What a brave and honest account you have written. I hope you are beginning to feel better and more confident now and it’s great that you are back at work already. Life gives us a kick sometimes and it just makes us more aware of how fragile we are but I’m sure you have loads of life and years ahead of you. God bless you and keep you in his care. Much love, Jane xx

  116. Loraine Plumb November 30, 2018 at 9:08 pm -  Reply

    So glad your on the mend there are heart problems on my mum’s side of the family uncles etc unfortunately I lost my mum when I was twenty seven my dad found her dead in bed heart attack so she didn’t see my children grow up they are now 33 and 30 makes me feel bitter sometimes such a blessing they found your problem when they did all the best to you and your brother take care Loraine x

  117. Jessica Napier November 30, 2018 at 9:30 pm -  Reply

    Hello Miceal, Thank you for your courage and for opening up about something so emotive and deeply personal to you and your family. You are running the marathon of life and this is just a blip, you will finish the race.
    God bless you, your brother and family.
    PS: Mum knows best, don’t overburden yourself.

  118. Emma November 30, 2018 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

    You are so, so brave and I’m sure your dad would be extremely proud of you. Sending you lots of love and hope for a speedy recovery x

  119. pat November 30, 2018 at 9:46 pm -  Reply

    Best wishes to you and your brother and a speedy recovery. Thank you for sharing this private matter with your screen family. Happy Christmas Micael

  120. Janet November 30, 2018 at 10:28 pm -  Reply

    Stay strong. Stay positive. Stay happy. Lovely to see you back, and looking good! Take good care.x

  121. Carolina November 30, 2018 at 10:47 pm -  Reply

    Micheal, you are a go as all post here testify- an inspiration to us all, so glad to have you back!! Missed you!!

  122. Bev Young November 30, 2018 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

    Oh you darling , darling man xxx
    What a terrifying traumatic time for you . I’m so glad that both you and your brother are now on the
    mend . Take care of yourself and take time to get back in the swing of things – you’ll have many years to enjoy life my lovely xxx
    Much love to you and your family xx

  123. Anne Nixon November 30, 2018 at 11:00 pm -  Reply

    You have been very much missed, charming man. Love to you. Your brother and a big hug to your mum . Xxx

  124. Liz November 30, 2018 at 11:12 pm -  Reply

    Glad you are back on air and you are feeling better. You have been missed❤️

  125. A Tayor November 30, 2018 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

    Big Hug….missed you loads!!
    #YourAnAmazing Man XOXO😘

  126. Sue Finney December 1, 2018 at 12:08 am -  Reply

    What a very difficult year you and your brother have had. I am so glad that you are on the road to revovery. My step-dad passed away suddenly in 1985 when he was 46 from a heart attack. I was 18 and had two brothers aged 15 and 7. Even though he wasn’t my biological father his death had such a massive impact on my life and, like you, I just wanted to make it to 47. I am so glad to see you back at work and wish you, and your family, all the best for your futures. X

  127. Jane Cradock December 1, 2018 at 12:51 am -  Reply

    Dear Miceal, it must have been really difficult for you to put into words everything that has happened to you and your family and I think you have been very brave to share all your innermost feelings. I wish you all the best with your recovery and hope we will see you on our screens for many years to come xx

  128. Ann December 1, 2018 at 5:16 am -  Reply

    Miceal, You have been missed, I was wondering where you were and if you were coming back. Sorry to hear of you and your brother’s health problems and wish you both a full and speedy recovery. God bless you. Now don’t overdo it now you’re back
    Remember to take time for yourself to relax and stress not. XOOO

  129. Steph December 1, 2018 at 7:17 am -  Reply

    Every story of struggle and triumph, helps give another person strength.

    Thank you for being so brave in sharing what you have been through. I would like to share a quote by Louise Hay, “I have come to this planet to learn to love myself more, and to share that love with all those around me,” I think this is exactly what you are doing and I want to thank you. Keep loving yourself and keep sharing! Sending lots of love! 💖

  130. Kathy T December 1, 2018 at 7:31 am -  Reply

    Love you Miceal. So good to have you back.

  131. Maureen Neil December 1, 2018 at 8:11 am -  Reply

    I’ve just read your blog Miceal, I had wondered where you had been. Missed your cheery face. What a time for you, your brother and your whole family. I’m so glad to hear you are on the road to a complete recovery. Take care of yourself, you’re beating the ‘game’ and long may you continue to so x

  132. Hilary Ware December 1, 2018 at 8:31 am -  Reply

    Your story powerfully told. Same happened to hubby in October so I know how gruelling it is and how brave you have had to be. I wish you and your brother continuing good health x

  133. Petra May December 1, 2018 at 8:49 am -  Reply

    A very moving account ànd I wish you and your family all the best xx

  134. Lorraine preece December 1, 2018 at 9:21 am -  Reply

    Oh my goodness what a time you’ve had , hopefully you’re ordeal is over and you can get on with your life. God bless 💕

  135. Michelle Gregory December 1, 2018 at 9:30 am -  Reply

    Fantastic to see you back and looking so well after all the medical procedures

  136. Vanessa Roberts December 1, 2018 at 10:14 am -  Reply

    Dear Miceal, what a moving, emotional post. You really have been through the mill! To be caring for your brother and then to end up in the same situation beggars belief.
    The way you describe losing your Dad at such a young age, rings so many bells with me, I lost my Mum to breast cancer when I was 8 and those thoughts you carried inside yourself, echo mine exactly.
    I am so pleased that you have come out the other side of all of this and I wish you well in your ongoing recovery. Great to see you back.
    Please take care, much love xxx

  137. Lucy December 1, 2018 at 10:32 am -  Reply

    Lots of love to you and your family Miceal x

  138. July Rice December 1, 2018 at 10:33 am -  Reply

    Best wishes to you both. You are winners.

  139. Helen M December 1, 2018 at 10:47 am -  Reply

    Thanks for sharing your remarkable journey. Thinking of you, Miceal. May we all live with an ‘attitude of gratitude’ as no-one knows what another day holds for any of us. Life is precious and ‘Health is surely Wealth’. Take care and welcome
    back. x

  140. Joan Scott December 1, 2018 at 10:54 am -  Reply

    Miceal, what a journey you have been on. Thank goodness for the health check you had, which frankly saved your life. I think it was very brave if you to write this blog and it does highlight how genetics play a major role in our health. It is so good to hear that you are recovering well and I sincerely hope that you get back to full fitness. Your family have been through such a lot but your Mum still has her sons. God bless you Miceal and I hope the future is full of happiness for you. Xxx

  141. Rebekah Maxwell December 1, 2018 at 10:57 am -  Reply

    Hi Miceal, so sorry you’ve had to go through all this horrible experience but thank you so much for sharing your experience. I had my own scare a couple of years back, didn’t have the treadmill ecg but had the other two standard ones and all fortunately was ok. You must have been so scared-i know I was. So glad you and your Brother are on the mend now and great to see you back on TV

  142. Lucy Lou December 1, 2018 at 12:49 pm -  Reply

    I’m glad that you are on the mend after such a difficult time. It’s great that you are back on QVC. Best wishes to you and all your family for a merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

  143. Hazel Kenneway December 1, 2018 at 1:18 pm -  Reply

    Thinking of you anand s everything you have been through. Hope and pray you have a good Christmas surrounded by your loved ones.

  144. Lesley Wines December 1, 2018 at 1:21 pm -  Reply

    Miceal, your blog moved me to tears; your strength & concern for your family during this incredibly difficult time is nothing short of amazing. I’m so glad to see you back.

  145. linda fox December 1, 2018 at 1:23 pm -  Reply

    I have only just read your blog & hope you do not think that I didn’t care that you wasn’t working……..I did wonder why you wasn’t on air but just thought that I hadn’t been watching at the right time
    Your blog has reduced me to tears not only because of your Dad Brother & also what you have been through but because It Is beautifully written & very heartfelt
    I myself also played your game my Nan died at 58 when I was 8 & from then onwards I thought I would die also at 58
    All my family knew about me thinking I would not live past 58 & on my 59th birthday they all said well your still here lol
    Now I’m playing another game my mum died at 74 & I’m not sure I will win this one as I have Multi Sclerosis :o(
    Miceal my heart & prayers go out to you & I hope you really win this game as like me I’m sure you have set yourself another goal.

    Love & hugs

  146. Margaret Cravens December 1, 2018 at 2:34 pm -  Reply

    So nice to see you back Micheal.I can completely understand what you went through.Around 9 years ago I had the news that I also had heart failure after feeling breathless and I had just moved to a new home.I was sent to hospital to get a heart scan thinking there is no one in my family who had died with heart failure or any heart problems.The nurse who was doing my scan ran out of the room and came back with a cardiologist who told me I had heart failure.I can remember the shock I was in,I thought I was going to die.I was put on loads of medication.It took a while to come to terms with it all,but here I am nearly 10 years on.They. Have told me it was a virus which had caused it as I got a lot better as the months went on.I still have to take medication. You will be in shock please take care and God Bless you and your lovely family.

  147. Diane Maddock December 1, 2018 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    So very sorry Micheal for what you and your family have gone through. Wishing you and your family good health and happiness for now and the future. Enjoy life and every day normalities god bless you and so happy that you will be back at QVC you have been missed x

  148. Elaine Randles December 1, 2018 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

    God bless you Miceal, i wish you and your family well.x

  149. Helen December 1, 2018 at 2:55 pm -  Reply

    Good to see you on the mend I hope mentally as well as physically, my father in law died of the same thing aged 42 and I know my husband felt the same as you he’s now 70. Good wishes to you and your family.

  150. Sammy December 1, 2018 at 4:39 pm -  Reply

    Have just sat here and read this in shock to think you’ve been through so much. Thank you for sharing your journey and so glad to know that you’re back at work and getting better. I’m sure your words will help us all to be appreciative of every day and not take anything for granted.?

  151. melanie marsh December 1, 2018 at 6:22 pm -  Reply

    wow. what a blog ! wishing you good health for the future.

  152. Karen B December 1, 2018 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    What a really moving blog. Wishing both you and your brother all the best. This Christmas will mean even more to you, your brother and your mum. Glad to see you back. You are definately one of the better, nicer presenters. You have a lovely presenting style and are very down to earth. We have missed you on our screens. All the best for the new year x x

  153. mrs melanie marsh December 1, 2018 at 6:57 pm -  Reply

    WOW. what a blog!!! wishing you good health for the future.

  154. Michelle December 1, 2018 at 7:33 pm -  Reply

    Wow thank you for sharing your story…… hope you and your brother are both feeling better….
    Michelle xx

  155. Lorraine Rixson December 1, 2018 at 8:27 pm -  Reply

    Micael,
    Ive.just read your blog&was shocked, I have.mised you on qvc, sending you love& hugs take care of yourself& looking forward to seeing you soon xx

  156. Melissa Lane December 1, 2018 at 9:17 pm -  Reply

    Bless you! My husband also lives with heart failure and has had stents put in. It’s worrying but he is doing ok. We have a 9 year old son and I would hate for him to have the same experience as you did as a small boy. Sending love and healthy wishes, Melissa xxx

  157. Gillian Veers December 1, 2018 at 10:19 pm -  Reply

    Miceal I wish you all the very best. Keep winning and stay strong.

  158. Jean December 1, 2018 at 10:22 pm -  Reply

    So glad you’re on the mend and your brother as well I know what you’ve been through as I have a heart condition as well, I hope your mum is well it will have been a shock for her 2 sons with heart conditions , I have missed you on our screens welcome back you have been missed 💕

  159. Susan Bigwood December 1, 2018 at 10:22 pm -  Reply

    I know how something like this knock’s you for six. In 1993 my husband had a bad cold and chest infection. He was admitted to hospital with heart failure. After many many tests and weeks and months of tests he was put on the transplant list for a new heart. It came as a shock, after one failed trip to hospital (the heart was no good) in June 1995 the day before our 17th wedding anniversary he had a heart transplant. In June this year we celebrated our ruby wedding anniversary (40 Years). To this day we can never thank the donor family or Freeman Hospital in Newcastle enough. OK every six weeks my husband has to go to hospital but they look after him very well, we are treated like family and the nurses and doctors are like family to us. There has been slight problems due to medication causing diabetes and other problems, but he is still here and his donor heart is as good today as it was the day he received it. Micael as long as you do as your told by the doctors and nurses you will be OK.

    Love Susan xxx

  160. siobhan quinn December 1, 2018 at 10:28 pm -  Reply

    miceal i to lost my dad to a heart attack i wish you well and your brother on your health journey you were missed on qvc such a lovely man and so kind to everyone god bless you and your familyxxx siobhan

  161. Linda December 1, 2018 at 10:58 pm -  Reply

    I must admit I have wondered for some time were you’ve been. But sorry to hear about your journey but are so glad of the great out come. I hope you will get stronger every day and feel like your old self very soon. I hope that your brother has recovered fully, and that your Mother is well. Great to see you back.

    Love Linda. x

  162. Fee December 1, 2018 at 11:15 pm -  Reply

    Love you Miceal 😘 so pleased you are winning and glad to have you back onscreen and online. stay well, be strong x

  163. Keryn murphy December 1, 2018 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

    You and your brother have been on a tough journey and thankfully are recovering . Your blog was heartfelt and truthful thank you for telling your story from when you were 5 years of age x

  164. Doreen Williams December 2, 2018 at 6:41 am -  Reply

    Hi Miceal, you are amazing! May you and your brother continue on the road called life. Thank you for sharing your story, have a blessed day. 😘😘😘

  165. Rose December 2, 2018 at 7:27 am -  Reply

    Oh my word Miceal
    I don’t know quite what to say!!!!! I thought you had left QVC to be honest!
    Glad you hadn’t tho you are a truly lovely polite well spoken and beautifully dressed man who I have always loved seeing and listening to.
    Omg what a horrible few months you have been through firstly with your brother aand then thank goodness that you had your medical.
    It is so true you never know what llies around the corner and it just shows that having your healthy life style iisn’t always good enough.
    Thank goodness you are through the worst and are slowly getting back to work .looking forward to swing you soon
    All the best to you and your family and here’s wishing you al a merry Christmas and a haoy healthy new year lits of love Rose xxx

  166. Louise Patterson December 2, 2018 at 7:43 am -  Reply

    Hi Mìceàl. I’ve just read your blog and how brave you’ve been both through helping your brother and your own serious trials. I am so glad you’re feeling better and back to work. I’m a Belfast girl and I lost my father at 47… to a massive heart attack, like yourself, I dreaded my 47 birthday (I didn’t think you were anywhere near 47!) I’ve just turned 51 on 17rh November and I’ve always been to frightened to have a full MOT… well truthfully, anything to do with my heart, you have inspired me to do so, so thank you Mìceàl. Good luck for returning to work and may you continue to progress xxx

  167. Linda Jordan December 2, 2018 at 12:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Miceal thank you for sharing what must have been a terrifying time for you,family and friends.I wish you back to full fitness and health. Looking forward to watching you on QVCUK soon. Take care Linda

  168. Marie December 2, 2018 at 1:19 pm -  Reply

    I have tears after reading this it must have been so hard to write
    as a private person myself I understand how difficult it was for you. I have missed you on the Q. I wish you and your family a healthier 2019. God bless you.
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxc

  169. Dianne December 2, 2018 at 2:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Miceal I have missed u, God bless u, terrible thing heart disease (coronary etc), my boyfriend has been through what u have, u take care, Dianne XX

  170. Diane shaw December 2, 2018 at 3:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi miceal so glad you and your brother are on the mend missed you on air.hope you have a wonderful Christmas and let’s hope a Great year next year take care xxx🎄🎄

  171. ELAINE THACKER December 2, 2018 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Michael you have been through such a lot but you will be back to your bubbly self soon ,I to have had open heart surgery in July this year. I had a new aortic valve replaced and I know just what its like. All you have to do is take things one day at a time .And do as the doctors tell you so your brother you and Mother can enjoy a brilliant Christmas and a good start to the new year.

  172. Judith Hall December 2, 2018 at 5:14 pm -  Reply

    it’s so good to see you back on QVC and enjoying normality – it’s the little things that make life good x

  173. Pauline Goodwin December 2, 2018 at 6:23 pm -  Reply

    Miceal so pleased to see you back have been wondering what had happened to you kept checking to see if you had updated any news as to where you were I am really shocked to hear you news and hope you are feeling much better .I was 43 when I had a heart attack came as a big shock to me .Take care of yourself and always put yourself first lots of love.

  174. Beverley Savage December 2, 2018 at 6:37 pm -  Reply

    Miceal, you’re awesome!

  175. Elaine Anelay December 2, 2018 at 7:50 pm -  Reply

    Have wondered where you were. QVC hasn’t been the same without you. All the best Miceal for a speedy full recovery x

  176. Brenda Watson December 2, 2018 at 11:00 pm -  Reply

    So glad you and your brother are recovering .Love and best wishes to you and your family.

  177. Frances Duffield December 2, 2018 at 11:22 pm -  Reply

    Dear Miceal, I had no idea you had been so poorly. Actually I said to my husband the other day I wonder why Miceal has not come back to QVC. After reading your news I was shocked to hear what had happened to you. I can’t imagine how you coped with this situation. Strangely enough my husband lost his father and mother, both at 70 and he was so concerned that he would not make 70 himself. I’m happy to save that he was 75 last week. I am thrilled that you are recovering, albeit slowly, and that you are now back at work. I haven’t seen you yet because for some unknown reason we used to receive QVC here in Majorca but recently its disappeared. However we are returning to London tomorrow and look forward to seeing you soon. It has been a very long journey for you and one I am sure you will not want to repeat. On the positive side you are still here and hopefully will spend a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. Presumably as you are returning to work your doctors have signed you off as fit to do so. I am I am sure, fans, will hope to see you healthy and at work for a long time to come. I have seen that you have received so many messages from well wishers, do not feel that you have to reply as I know this will be quite a task for you. I will sign off now, and send you much lov and good health for the future.

    Frances Duffield xx

  178. Sue Jennibgs December 3, 2018 at 9:22 am -  Reply

    What a powerful blog Miceal…I had no idea where you have been but I have missed seeing your cheery face imon QVC . Your story is amazing and I am so pleased your have come through it albeit with some battle scars . I have battle scars too and when I look at them to me it means I survived !! You have been very brave these past months and you deserve to be well again so I can’t wsit to see you back in my living room . Take care Micheal and I send you a zillion hugs and lots of love xxxx from Sue Jennings

  179. Jillian Mason December 3, 2018 at 10:56 am -  Reply

    Bless you bab…i was wondering where you were so ta for sharing your very personal story with us…i was moved to tears when i was reading it…stay strong me babby and once again i humbley thank you for sharing…lots of love and hugs xx

  180. May December 3, 2018 at 5:17 pm -  Reply

    Welcome back Miceal, you have been missed. Your blog moved me to tears and is a poignant reminder of the importance of health checks and looking after ourselves. Your previous good care of yourself will no doubt put you in good stead of recovery. Wishing you all the very best. I will say a little prayer for you and your brother. x

  181. Vicki Tordoff December 3, 2018 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

    Oh Miceal, your story has taken my breath away! What a horrendous journey you’ve been through and so brave of you to share it, right back to your 5 year old self trying to make sense of life’s unfairnesses. I hope your treatments mean you have many, many years ahead of you, as you deserve. Take real good care – sending hugs and love your way. xx

  182. Janice Parker December 3, 2018 at 8:38 pm -  Reply

    May the road rise up to meet you may the wind always be at your back may the sun shine warm upon your face and rains fall soft upon your face, lovely to see you back l live in lovely Leitrim always enjoy your Irish voice take care Janice

  183. Susan Tweedale December 3, 2018 at 9:07 pm -  Reply

    My goodness! I really am sorry to hear you’ve had such a hard time these few months! I understand your privacy important to you, not everyone wants to tell all on social media, Sending positive thoughts and healing hugs… xxx

  184. Corinne December 3, 2018 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi miceal….Nice to hear from you..you have been missed…not been the same without you.. you are a truEly remarkable man,to have gone through all that you have been through,and have found the time and the strength in writting a very emotional story,to all of us…I can’t imagine how you felt,when you found out this news…shocked,would be an understatement..you have been through so much miceal, so it’s time to think about yourself,please don’t over do it, take your time, chillive out a bit,you deserve it..as I said at the begining, you’re a truEly remarkable man..it’s lovely to see you back at work,I don’t think you know how much you have been missed,not just by us,your co presenters to..it’s nice to know,your bubbly,charming self, is back on QVC. You take good care of yourself. . It’s lovely to see you back…xxx

  185. claire downing December 3, 2018 at 10:16 pm -  Reply

    Dear Miceal…. such a emotional time for yourself and your dear brother…I am so thankful that you are both on the road to recovery…… you are an inspiration Miceal….you have been missed very much… so lovely to see your smiling face…..I send all my heartfelt love to you and your brother for your ongoing recovery….you take things easy…My love to you and your wonderful family xxx Claire Downing

  186. Barbara December 3, 2018 at 10:46 pm -  Reply

    Powerful story, glad your on the mend, stay strong x

  187. Pauline carr December 4, 2018 at 2:53 am -  Reply

    So pleased to see you back on our screens, hopefully well on the road to a full recovery. Thank you for sharing and God bless xx

  188. Joan Gilmore December 4, 2018 at 9:23 am -  Reply

    Hi Miceal, sorry to hear all you,ve been through,I hope you continue to get better.Wishing you all the very best.take careXX.

  189. jo December 4, 2018 at 11:48 am -  Reply

    WOW WOW WOW WHAT A STORY you are a AMAZING and thank you sooooooooooooo much for sharing it with us i love your shows and it is so lovely to see you BACK and looking well. god bless you and keep well. jo yorkshire

  190. Terri Bloomfield December 4, 2018 at 1:18 pm -  Reply

    So glad you are on the road to recovery. Take care of yourself.
    Terri xx

  191. Irene Young December 4, 2018 at 2:31 pm -  Reply

    Welcome back Micael.I was wondering where you were.Thanks for sharing your story.Take good care of yourself and I wish you Good health and happiness for Christmas and the New Year.Take carexxxx

  192. Allison December 4, 2018 at 5:12 pm -  Reply

    I’ve had a lump in my throat reading this, I am so happy that you are recovering well!! I want to send you ( and your brothet) a mahusive hug… I hope you continue to keep well… it’s great to have you back in qvc.. sending you lots f love and best wishes xxx

  193. Alison Allen December 4, 2018 at 6:04 pm -  Reply

    You certainly have been through the mill this year, & it must have been very challenging for you to have written your story. Wishing you good health for the furure.

  194. Miceal December 5, 2018 at 9:21 am -  Reply

    I just wanted to take a moment to thank each and everyone of you for all your kind words. I have read all of your comments and am overwhelmed, not just by the sheer volume of the response, but also by your kindness and support. Writing this blog wasn’t easy for me and it still feels a little awkward to know that everyone watching me on air now knows what’s been going on but what will feel even better is knowing that you are all supporting me and wishing me the best. That is a very special feeling so thank you again.
    I’m sorry I have not responded to you all individually, there is just such a huge volume of responses. Please know that I have read every single one of them and I am touched by your messages and by those of you who have shared your own stories with me as well. I thank each of you from my heart – in this case, quite literally.
    For now may I thank you again and wish you all health and happiness and may you never take either for granted.
    Míceál. Xx

  195. Alison Cork December 5, 2018 at 1:48 pm -  Reply

    Miceal – I have been deeply moved by your story. Yours was the very first smiling face I saw when I came to QVC all those years ago to audition. You were so kind then and have always been since. I am sending you huge hugs and kisses. See you very soon on the QVC campus. Alison.

  196. Margaret Vanns December 5, 2018 at 11:05 pm -  Reply

    So glad to see you back. Sending my love and best wishes Miceaĺ.

  197. Dawn Tindle December 6, 2018 at 1:29 am -  Reply

    Dear Miceal. I often wondered where you had gone whilst watching QVC in the summer months ; and thought maybe you had gone on greener pastures elsewhere. Gosh; how wrong! What a horrible roller coaster journey for you and your brother too. What a story but so thankfully you made it through the dark times and ARE BACK again finally !!!!
    Take care of yourself and slowly slowly back into doing all the life is on a daily basis. So glad to see you back on my TV screen with your fashionista knowledge and so much more. Here’s wishing you Good health and happiness in 2019 xx

  198. Victoria Lewis December 6, 2018 at 10:19 am -  Reply

    Here’s to your next 47 years. X

  199. Lisa Cornwell December 6, 2018 at 3:19 pm -  Reply

    Miceal your story moved me to tears wishing you all the very best and it’s great to see you back on our screens you’ve been missed.x

  200. Veronica Bye December 6, 2018 at 6:50 pm -  Reply

    Dear Miceal,
    I had been wondering why you weren’t on QVC for the last few months and not on social media either, I had a feeling that something wasn’t right.
    I cried when I read your blog, I found it so moving and I don’t normally write any comments but I felt so strongly that I wanted to this time.
    What a traumatic time you have been through but I hope you and your brother are well on the way to making a full recovery.
    I totally understand you and your brother not wanting to worry your Mother and telling her “white lies” but it’s out of love that you do it. I have done the same thing in the past with my Mum.
    You have been very much missed on QVC.
    Take care of yourself. You and your family will be in my prayers.
    Wishing you, your brother and all your family health and happiness for 2019 and onwards.
    I hope you have a lovely Christmas and New Year, God Bless Xxxx

  201. Jo December 6, 2018 at 7:12 pm -  Reply

    Dear Miceal, you are very brave to share your story, it is very moving. Sending lots of get well wishes to you and your brother. Thank goodness we live in an age where we have health checks. So pleased you are well enough to return to work – you have been missed! Best wishes from Jo

  202. Mose weir December 6, 2018 at 9:04 pm -  Reply

    Welcome back to our screens you have been missed .. Do not overwork , take it slowly and calmly and know you are loved .

  203. Sue Wilson December 6, 2018 at 9:39 pm -  Reply

    Welcome back Miceal, sorry to hear you’ve been so poorly.
    Glad your back on the road to recovery hope your brother is recovering as well. Great to see you back at QVC, my mother had heart failure and had a quadruple heart bypass. God bless. xx

  204. Liz December 6, 2018 at 9:55 pm -  Reply

    Very happy to have you back on our screens. Wonderful news that you and your brother are on the mend. It will take time and patience but one day you will wake up and feel better. Look after yourself, love from all my family.xxx

  205. Deborah Richardson December 6, 2018 at 10:27 pm -  Reply

    Oh my goodness what an ordeal so glad youre ok I am a big fan I think you’re lovely and genuine x take care honey

  206. Judith December 6, 2018 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

    Take care of yourself xx

  207. Elizabeth Keenan December 7, 2018 at 4:05 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Miceal.
    Oh so glad you are getting better and your brother as well. This has been a nightmare for you, sorry you had to go through all that especially what happened to your Dad when you were young. Really missed you on air and so glad all ok now. Just look after yourself now.
    Much love
    Elizabeth ❤️

  208. Wendy Campbell December 8, 2018 at 11:14 am -  Reply

    Firstly welcome back, nice to see you again. This experience has been very traumatic and frightening for you however it’s important that you don’t hold onto the fear of the little boy who was powerless to save his dad and unable to vocalize his grief at such a young age. Now as an adult you have the processing skills and language to express all the rollercoaster of emotions you have suffered these last few months, find a space or person to do this with, let the trauma leave you so you’re able to move forward. Surround yourself with loved ones, find love and compassion for yourself and the world you inhabit. Best wishes

  209. Linda Drake December 8, 2018 at 5:03 pm -  Reply

    Oh Miceal how moved I was to read your blog, glad you finally pulled through this long journey. What a year it’s been for you and your family, thank goodness you have a strong and loving family and friends. Nice to hear your back at work, best wishes for Christmas and a Very Happy New Year. Xxx

  210. Karen Haynor December 9, 2018 at 12:43 am -  Reply

    Omg you, your brother and family have certainly been through the mill. I wish you and your brother a full and speedy recovery. That has to have been one of the most captivating blogs I have ever read. God bless you, your so strong. Take care, keep well and lovely to see you back at work. I don’t normally comment on here but on this occasion I just had to wish you all well.

  211. Margaret George December 9, 2018 at 11:54 am -  Reply

    Just seen you today for the first time on the main channel and it has made my day. Great to see you, you’re looking well. Take care of yourself I know how easy it is to take on too much to early after being unwell and away from work for longer than you expected. Wishing you all the very best for Christmas and the New Year.

  212. Katrina Smith December 9, 2018 at 12:16 pm -  Reply

    OMG! You have been going through a real bad time! Such a powerful story! So glad you and your brother are on the mend. Happy to see you back on our screen. Take care xx

  213. Jane Franklin December 9, 2018 at 12:37 pm -  Reply

    Wow…that was a powerful and emotional blog. I wish you and your brother good health for the future. Sending lots of love. XXX

  214. Pamela Watkin December 9, 2018 at 10:10 pm -  Reply

    My husband was the same, fit as fiddle gym fanatic same weight 11stone as when we got married 44 years ago, he collapsed at the gym, inside 2 weeks he’d had a triple bypass. He had a fantastic recovery back at the gym after 6 weeks, 3 years down the line he’s amazing doctors said they’ve given him another 30 years. Good luck and good health you’ll be fine! An emotional blog! X

  215. Kathryn Stewart December 10, 2018 at 6:36 pm -  Reply

    Oh my goodness What an awful time. I thought maybe you had left as sometimes folk just disappear. I am so glad you and your brother are on the road to recovery and thank goodness for your health check. Take it easy but welcome back to the QVC family. I know what you mean about normality being so important after a life changing illness. Keep getting better xx

  216. Jackie Elliott December 11, 2018 at 1:38 pm -  Reply

    Beautifully written. Brought a lump to my throat, thank you for sharing.
    Delighted you’re doing well. Fabulous to have you back on our screens & with the QVC family.
    Much love
    Jackie x

  217. Bev December 11, 2018 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

    Wishing you well…have missed your cheery smile on screen. Glad you are back but please take it easy and keep well. X

  218. Geraldine Crowley December 12, 2018 at 1:37 am -  Reply

    Hi Miceal, I wondered were you were you have been through the mill as they say. Am so glad you and your brother are recovering well your poor mum must have been going out of her mind . Take it easy, and look after yourself.

  219. Denise Pacey December 12, 2018 at 8:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Micheal. I had to read your post twice. Oh my goodness. I am so relieved that you and your brother are on the mend. My husband passed away in August. It was so very sudden. He had a heart condition we were totally unaware of. Life is so precious. God bless.

  220. Pam Stephens December 13, 2018 at 3:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Miceal so happy to see you back have missed you and like many other viewers were worried about you //// please take care of yourself and just ease your way back gently one day at a time ..have a wonderful Christmas and look forward to seeing you hale and healthy in the new year big hugs Pam xxx

  221. Dorothy December 18, 2018 at 12:06 am -  Reply

    Hello Miceal have wondered where you were l know how feel
    As your experience was identical to me husband and his father always hoping he would live passed his age ,he did but only by two years for the same reasons ,all the men had gone the same way.so l am so pleased you have caught your in time .may you now live a happy life God Willing.

  222. Lynne December 21, 2018 at 10:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Miceal I also wondered where you had gone. So glad you are now recovering from your ordeal. My brother had a heart bypass on the 2nd of January 2018. We lost our mum and dad to heart attacks 34 years ago within 5 weeks of one another. I still havn’t got over it. I worry too that it will happen to me especially as I have other health issues. I do believe God or whatever watches over us makes these things happen and clearly it was not your time, so thank and count your blessings every single day from now on. Take care of yourself and do not run before you can walk, as the saying goes. Have a joyful Christmas and a very happy new year. Good to see you back but only do what you feel up to. An illness does make you appreciate life more and look at everything differently in a good way. Keep well and god bless. XXX

  223. Miss U December 22, 2018 at 7:30 am -  Reply

    Hello Miceal wishing you a speedy recovery. Life is so unpredictable and sometimes when you feel you have hit rock bottom, the only way is up and in a weird way that journey makes us so grateful for everything and everyone in our lives.
    Take care of yourself, xx

  224. Angela Roberts December 23, 2018 at 2:11 pm -  Reply

    Dear Miceal, I am so pleased to hear you are well on the road to recovery, I had missed you on my TV and went looking to see if you were still at QVC….was extremely great fun to se you were, and I along with my family send you good wishes for you continued recovery 💕💕

  225. Miceal December 27, 2018 at 1:31 pm -  Reply

    I have jus read your blog, I have never read anyone’s before and I have never relied obviously. SENDING YOU LOTS OF STRENGTH AND WISHES for a healthy and happy future. HAPPY NEW YEAR.
    Kim xx

  226. Eileen December 30, 2018 at 12:50 am -  Reply

    It was heartwarming to catch you on Q today, so pleased you brothers are recovering and getting on with life. your mum has done an amazing job raising generous boys and sister and I wish your families well. X

  227. Alice December 31, 2018 at 11:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi miceal, I just needed to write to say how pleased I am to see you back on air and being your fabulous self! Your blog really brought things home for me as only 18 months ago I lost my mum, and she had been diagnosed with heart failure just a couple of months before and there wasn’t much they could do to help! She was a huge fan of yours as well, so she would be happy to know that you’re doing better. I hope that your health continues on the right track and I look forward to seeing more of you back on our screens! Sending lots of love and hugs Alice ❤️ xx

  228. Rosie Todd December 31, 2018 at 11:36 pm -  Reply

    Good to see you looking so fit and happy with Debbie and the Charlie Bears. Best wishes for 2019

  229. Patricia December 31, 2018 at 11:49 pm -  Reply

    Great to see you with Charlie Bears, you truly are a lovely man. God bless you in 2019, you have a long and happy life to come. xx ps love the little mouse face😊

  230. Geraldine Crowley January 1, 2019 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Miceal
    It’s good to see you back, at Qvc. You were badly missed keep your chin up, and here’s to 2019 Good Health to you and your brother and family. Love that cheeky charm of the Irish x

  231. Catriona Murray January 3, 2019 at 12:32 am -  Reply

    Hello Miceal,
    I have read your post a few times just to digest it. What a journey
    you have had. My heart broke thinking of the “little boy” who lost his dad and whose world changed forever that day. I truly understand the “game of life” that you played in your head throughout your life as a child and as an adult. I’ve did it myself and I so get it.. I am religious person too Micael and throughout my life when I felt overwhelmed, sick, stressed, worried and anxious my dad would say “God never gives us more that we can cope with” and I used to think. Why is God doing this to me and I would think this is too much for me to cope with. Of course It wasn’t and I continued to plough through life and cope and live and enjoy my life. Your post really moved me and I felt compelled to write to you. I wish you and your brother the best of health and a long and happy life. God was really looking out for both of you and you’re right you have been given a gift and isn’t life sweet?. May God bless you and your brother Miceal and keep you safe always. Catriona. X

  232. Tracey Adams January 4, 2019 at 11:58 pm -  Reply

    hello Miceal,
    A truly honest account of the ordeal you’ve been through. I have never commented on any presenters blogs before but, as so many have said, I can only wish you and your brother the best health for the future. As someone who had to be tested for hypotropic cardiomyopathy myself ,because of genetics on my Fathers side, i understand the worry you described…and the odds you gave yourself against that dreaded number 47!….Life is for living Miceal….enjoy 🙂 x…much love from Tracey x

  233. Carol January 5, 2019 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    You are truly inspirational Micael. Stay strong and always retain your fighting spirit. Carol xx ❤️

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