Hi, I'm Laura. I'm 37 years old and was diagnosed with advanced heart failure just over 5.5 years ago while 31 weeks pregnant. My daughter was delivered the very next day (bit of a shock!) and we both started our journeys towards health/recovery. My daughter is doing great - loads of fun, loads of hard work, starting school soon, with no long-term ill effects from her early arrival as far as anyone can tell. Things for me are still not great. My heart is not at all what it should be, but has been stable for a few years now, and stable (as my consultant always likes to remind me) is good. I take lots of medication and have a CRT-D device fitted. I've spent the last few years really working on my mental health (with fantastic support from a BHF-funded psychologist as well as my GP and other health professions) and, now that I've made so much progress on that side of things, am hoping to make some progress with my physical health through lifestyle changes - diet, exercise etc.
I'd love to hear from...
* anyone who's doing their best to exercise (and/or diet) with a heart condition, maybe even someone looking for an online fitness buddy?
* any "women of child-bearing age" (ugh!) with or without children
* anyone who's managing to see their heart condition as a positive experience in any way (or living positively despite viewing their situation as negative)
* anyone at all really!