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Mary-Ann is a retired nurse. She is also one of the 60 million people worldwide to be impacted by heart failure. Recalling when she was first diagnosed with the condition, Mary-Ann says her first reaction was shock: “You feel that it’s someone else’s diagnosis, like it doesn’t really apply to you. And then as it starts to sink in you think: My heart? My best part? You feel your body has failed you and you’ll never be the same again.”
Heart failure takes a big toll on individuals and their caregivers. It limits people’s abilities to go about everyday activities and Mary-Ann says it has changed the way she lives. It’s hard for her to do much before getting short of breath or very tired.
“If I had one wish, I would want to be, maybe not exactly like I was before because there is always room for improvement, but I’d want to be totally independent, in control of my life, able to do everything any time I wanted, without restrictions.”
Mary-Ann says her day to day activities are improving, but slowly and much slower than her schedule would wish for.
Thinking about what she has learnt since her diagnosis, Mary-Ann says: “I’ve had to learn patience, I’ve had to learn to program myself for my medications, my activities and my diet. I’m learning to respect my heart and that my heart needs rest.”
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Raising Heart Failure Awareness in Florence
We headed to Florence with our stunning LED heart to raise awareness of heart failure and collect your donated heartbeats. See highlights from the event by watching the video below.
Raising Heart Failure Awareness in Dublin
On European heart failure awareness day in May 2016, Keep It Pumping dropped into a shopping center in Dublin to raise awareness of heart failure. See how the day went by watching the video below.
Keep It Pumping supports American Heart Association walks
Keep It Pumping participated in 6 awareness walks in 2015. See how we provided heart-healthy education materials to all those involved.
Don’t fail your heart
Join us on a video journey about heart failure.
Putting our print on Italy
Keep It Pumping joined a special event in Rome, Italy. We teamed up with local artists to create a fun and innovative symbol of awareness. You can see pictures of the event on the Keep It Pumping Facebook page and watch a video of the event below.
Toy-brick heart stop: Basel
Novartis continued the toy-brick heart project at its campus in Basel for European Heart Failure Awareness Day. The heart sculpture took shape, brick by brick, all for heart failure awareness. Watch the video to learn more!