THE WAY YOU COPE WITH YOUR FEELINGS ABOUT HAVING HEART DISEASE IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR RECOVERY. COPING IS A RESPONSE TRYING TO PREVENT, AVOID, OR CONTROL STRESS.
Although people are different, many have similar feelings about having heart disease. Some common feelings are denial, anxiety, depression, fear of being over-protected by family and fear of becoming an invalid.
This woman, Gemma Bosankon had troubled heart ever since she started getting cardiac seizures, which caused her heart to stop for up to 20 seconds, three times a day. The condition is called neuro cardiogenic syncope and she was not coping really well. She even got a heart monitor, along with a pacemaker placed to stop the seizures. The pacemaker was not functioning well so, one year later it was replaced.
Additionally, Gemma was provided with a hear monitor so she could observe the way her heart was working.
NONETHELESS, AFTER 3 WEEKS OF HAVING THE HEART MONITOR ON HER CHEST, SHE SPOTTED A SMALL HOLE. GEMMA ATTEMPTED PUTTING A PLASTER ON IT BEFORE WORK, BUT IT WASN’T SO HELPFUL. UNFORTUNATELY, THE OPENING KEPT GETTING DEEPER!
“There was quite a hole. My skin had started to eat away at itself and you could see the heart monitor box”
Gemma went to Royal Lancaster Infirmary’s A&E department and the doctors had to operate her to remove the device.
“I stopped exercising when I got my pacemaker. I was scared my heart would stop and my pacemaker wouldn’t kick in. I put on three and a half stone and was wearing a size 16.”
AFTER A WHILE. SHE ENCOURAGED HERSELF AND JOINED A FITNESS GROUP AND SHORTLY WAS DOWN TO A SIZE EIGHT!