Mary Thompson’s Story

Heart Failure Survivor, Age 45, Hephzibah, GA

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Mary's Story

I have just recently been told by my doctor that I have an enlarged heart. I am the 16th of 18 children of which three have passed. One died of ovarian cancer, one of unknown causes, and the third of a heart attack. I’m not sure what I should be feeling or thinking at this point. All I know is that I survived abuse and neglect and I will survive this.

I was reading the symptoms of heart failure on this web site and thought, “Oh, my! I have all those!” My chest and back hurt constantly and I can’t breathe. I have sleep apnea and will be put on a CPAP machine soon.  My doctor seems to think that the CPAP machine will make it all better, but I’m not sure. I have panic attacks also and I’m afraid that if I panic I might end up in the hospital.

I guess I’m just not sure what I’m to do. I’ve had to research about my condition on the internet and that’s how I found this site.

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