Please join us in our next Live Zoom Conversation with Aiste Staraite @aistestaraite. Aiste hails from the Northern European country of Lithuania. She is a proud #HeartFailure and #brainstroke survivor, currently living with the LVAD heart pump and waiting for a heart transplant.
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This week, we're talking with Melanie Field, aka Mel, all the way from London, UK. Mel was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy at 28 while she was 4 months pregnant with her first daughter. Now, in her 40s, she has also lived through a cancer scare and hormonal troubles that have further weakened her heart. Despite so many challenges, Mel has made many happy memories while living with her LVAD. She continues to thrive while enjoying her family and friends. Join our Zoom meeting for more.
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I celebrated my birthday on October 13. This same day also marks my anniversary being on the waiting list for a heart transplant, at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston MA.



My re-evaluation in order to remain on the list a few days ago went well. So far, I have managed to maintain my weight, to remain compliant with my therapy whilst living a fairly good lived experience. Thanks to the good outcomes so far, the review by my medical team was shorter than my initial evaluation (half a day instead of five days two years ago). [...]
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