img_20150109_200239Hello, my name is Ray Hartle. Welcome to my website!

This is where I spend much of my writing time. I’ve lived with a weak heart muscle since at least 2007 and, possibly, since birth. This site started as a means of sharing with loved ones, friends and associates the story of my journey – through cardiomyopathy, end stage heart disease and heart transplantation. Some of it is deadly serious, but the journey has also been very funny and life-affirming. The site is also a platform to share about wider health issues linked to heart disease, healthcare, costs of treatment and social support. You’ll find some of my writing which appears in South African newspapers on topical issues. And there’s the odd creative piece.