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Where’s the “survivorship” model for heart patients?

20 Jun

by Carolyn Thomas  @HeartSisters

“There may be times when the joy you feel about survival far outweighs any anxieties you may have.

“Then, there will be times when your fears and uncertainties seem to take over your life, and you wonder if you will ever feel normal again.”

This sounds so familiar to any of us who have survived a catastrophic  cardiac event, doesn’t it?

But these words were not written about heart patients – they’re for cancer survivors.  Which made me wonder about this thing known as  “survivorship” – a popular concept in oncology that defines a cancer survivor “from the time of diagnosis and for the balance of life.”

But where, I ask you, is the concept of “survivorship” for heart patients and their families? And why haven’t I found it yet? Continue reading