Living with heart failure is hard in so many ways. But perhaps one of the most distressing effects is the impact it has on the whole family.
Lorraine, 48, suffered a heart attack in 2005, and as a result, she lives with heart failure. "It's really hard," she says, "I was separated from my husband, and the children were quite young at the time. I felt they had to grow up overnight because suddenly they were caring for me. Even now they are always focussed on me and my health."
Lorraine suffers extreme exhaustion and breathlessness both caused by her heart failure
. "With the breathlessness I feel like I'm drowning and gasping for air." she says. However, it is not her current condition that preys on her mind. It's what may happen as the condition progresses. "It scares me, as obviously I want to be around to see my children grow up."
Charlotte and her brother James,
now 14, now that there is no cure for heart failure - but they have hope. "She's a really strong person," says Charlotte. "We know first hand what the British Heart Foundation can do. If they find a cure, it'll be amazing for millions of families."
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