Living With Heart Disease

February 3, 2015 4:49 PM

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Living With Heart Disease

As a 26-year-old woman with a type-A personality, being diagnosed with heart disease just before moving into my college campus and trying to attain financial stability and independence like every other fairly recent college grad, hasn't exactly been easy. In today's world I think men and women put so much pressure on themselves to be the breadwinner. Men want to support their families and while women wish to do the same, we are also faced with the pressure of caring for children and our family as well. Most women like myself, not only wish to financially and emotionally support our families but we include the task of doing this in such a strict time frame.

In 2006 I was diagnosed with an idiopathic arrhythmia at age 18 after surviving a cardiac arrest in my claw foot tub. After my cardiac episode, it was decided that implanting an ICD was medically necessary in surviving the fatal risks of my condition. Just over a month had passed when I experienced ...

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