Dirt­wa­ter still in bloom de­spite di­ag­no­sis

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

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