If you’ve been diagnosed with heart disease or had a heart attack or surgery, you’re not alone. It’s not easy to get back into a regular routine and feel like fitting in.
As you navigate your survival journey from a heart event, you should know there are resources to help. Many others have gone through what you’re facing.
You may feel:
Scared and lost: You’re overwhelmed by instructions on how to start your new way of life.
Denial: You were in danger of losing your life; there’s no denying it. This is a big deal.
Anger: You may have limitations and have to adjust your routine. You don’t think it’s fair that this happened to you.
Guilt: You worry about how your decisions affect others. Choices you make directly impact your recovery.
Depression: No end seems in sight. New routines are added work.Nutritionists and physical therapists can help. A healthier body can put your mind in a better place.
Anxiety and worry: You fear it could happen again if you’re not careful. You worry you’re a burden to others.
Acceptance: Coming to terms is gradual but welcome. You might have limitations, but you have a newfound respect for your well-being.
Don’t forget, you’re surrounded by those who can help. Use your new network and knowledge to live your best life in your new normal.
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