Dirtwater still in bloom despite diagnosis
AFTER being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and almost losing a finger and suffering a heart attack due to the condition, Rhys Watson says “look after yourself”.
The musician and his band Dirtwater Bloom will perform at fundraiser Convicts for a Cause in November, where money raised will go towards Diabetes Research WA, Cystic Fibrosis WA, Reflections Through Reality and the Rotary Club of Mt Lawley.
It will be the second time the band is involved in the event, held at Fremantle Prison.
Mr Watson said he refused to let the disease come between him and his music.
“I was diagnosed in 2000 when I was 30 years old; my finger got infected and I went to the hospital and nearly lost it,” he said. “I play guitar and keyboard, so I snuck out of hospital to go to a gig. I neglected (my health) for a while, I think men can be stupid like that.”
He said last year’s heart attack woke him up.