On receiving a heart failure diagnosis

I’m Neslihan Arslan, a final-year student in the Child Development Program at Okan University. Eight years ago, I went to see a pediatrician. During my examination it was found that my heart was beating faster than normal. Since there was no pediatric cardiology department in the hospital where I went, I was admitted to the adult cardiology clinic. They decided to hospitalize me following my physical examination and echocardiography. However, they hadn’t told the diagnosis to me during this time. I knew that they informed my family, but I had no clue about my diagnosis.

Later on, I learned from my cousin that I had been diagnosed with heart failure. The doctor was explaining to them that I had only 20% of heart function and I had 1 or 2 months left to live. My family was crying. That’s how I heard the news.