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But I'm determined that having heart failure is not going to affect my life. I enjoy my work, I work full-time and I'm not going to stop working. I'm never going to sit down and say, "I've got heart failure. I can't do this, I can't do that." So I've made up my mind, "Yeah get on with it, get on with your life do what you was going to do anyway!" And really and truly although I'm not quite so active and heat does affect me, I would say I'm back to how I was before, thanks to the medicines and thanks to a good doctor, and also the heart failure nurses. They are brilliant. Any problems I just phone them up. They're so..well they're like you're friends! They don't, I don't feel as if they're someone I can't talk to, they are someone I can talk to. Although the consultant is very nice, and I really like him, it's still the nurses who I think are the best, they really are.

I think taking the tablets is not a worry to me, because I've got it under control. At first I didn't think I'd have to take them all the time, I thought once I got better I could come off them. But once that was explained to me, well what else can you do? It saved my life, so of course I don't mind taking them.

I think the only thing, I don't like being put in the bracket 'Oh she's got a bad heart, let's let her do, you know, let's treat her differently'. Don't treat me differently, there's nothing wrong with me! I've got a bad heart but I'm living with it. Don't say, 'Oh don't pick that up, don't do this, don't do that'. I can do what ever I want to, a bit slower perhaps, but I can still do it and I will do it. I can still do my work, and it's not affected me and I won't let it affect me. I don't think about it. I just carry on as normal.