Friends and family are an important part of the support system for a woman living with heart disease. If illness requires you to become her caregiver, the strains on you can be enormous. Plus, you have to live with the uncertainty of her health, especially if she has suffered a heart attack or undergone bypass or transplantation surgery.
As her spouse, friend, or family member, you may be asking yourself:
Will she (and our family) ever be "normal" again?
Will she die?
Will she be permanently disabled?
Will she have another heart attack?
Can she return to work?
Will we ever have sex again?
How are we going to pay the medical bills?
How can we afford all these prescription medicines?
Unfortunately, there are no simple answers to these questions. You will probably need to adjust your lifestyle and expectations of intimate and family life for a while. With good medical care and time for emotional healing, she will eventually get back to something approaching "normal" although your fears and uncertainties will probably linger for much longer.
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