Dodd’s HF has had a big impact on her life
— even though she has been cleared to work, she
cannot return to the job she loved as a nurse in labor
and delivery because she can only work eight-hour
shifts and can’t lift more than 25 pounds.
“Life is not over,” Dodd said, “it is just a new
adventure. That’s what I would say to someone
with a new diagnosis, make it an adventure. Find
things you can do! Do them with a smile. Don’t
forget to grieve; you have lost something valuable,
but you have gained something. Find what it is.
This might have been a wakeup call. Listen!”
Jessup is equally upbeat: “In the vast majority of
patients, HF can be controlled, people can lead normal
lives. There are new drugs coming out all the time.
So don’t just accept it and resign yourself to having a
poor functional quality, there is great hope.”
Source: Adapted from Big Heart Problem, Heart Insight
Winter 2015. Updated statistics from Heart disease and
stroke Statistics—2017 update: A report from the American
Heart failure contributes to
1 in 8 deaths in America
Jennifer shares the story of how she found hope following a frightening heart failure diagnosis.