Survivor Survey – Expect

Q: What would you say to expect after an SCA?

If you were talking to someone who had recently had an SCA what would you tell them to expect

Responses with name, age at SCA and time since

Try to not be frustrated with yourself. You’re different.

Lisa,  35, 4 months

That’s the answers I’m looking for but I’m worried about finding out!

Joe,  52, 4 weeks

Worry, tiredness, stress

Pat,  51, 15 months

Life will be very different. However, everyone’s experience is difference so take in as much advise as possible and just keep smiling.

Imogen,  21, 2 years

It takes time and you think differently but I have coped well

Maureen,  68, 7 years

Expect a mixture of emotions and feelings, from feeling thankful to be alive to feeling so down and tearful, also lots of tiredness. I am still in the early stages So I can’t say too much more yet as only been out of hospital for a week

Carly,  34, 1 month

Take each day as it comes

Joanne,  48, 23 months

Expect it to take a little longer than you expect to get back to normal as you are dealing with the physical, emotional and mental trauma of the episode! Be kind to yourself!

Natasha,  25, 4.5 years

Listen to your body and take it slowly . There is a good life after , bit it takes time . Ask for help if you need it . Enjoy your life , you have been given another chance

Michelle,  50, 1 year

Don’t expect too much too soon.

Kym,  40, 3 years

Realistically, expect to feel very confused, asking ‘why’ a lot, it’s hard to come to terms with why it happened to you and then why you are still here – what’s your purpose! Take everything so slow. Don’t rush back to being you again. You will need the time to think things through and process it the best you can. Don’t be afraid to get angry, it’s all part of the recovery. Be a little selfish sometimes, remember, you were the one that actually went through it, no one else understands it like you do. And most important, enjoy things, try to look on the good side, and if possible, walk away from the negative… is too short! You understand that like no other!

Judy,  39, 3 years

Difficult question. Everyone is different. I suppose I would advise him/her to ask the cardiac team about EVERYTHING. They are the ones who know all the pathology. Also, ensure all relevant family and close friends know what has happened.

Mark,  46, 23 years

Change, but not major

Graeme,  36, 10 years

Take every day at a time and don’t look back, the next chapter in life’s story.

Ben,  32, 1 year 2 months

That life wont be the same, look after yourself, give yourself time.

Anon,  56, 15 months

it takes time to adjust but take it at your own pace and listen to advice off medical staff and don’t listen to negative comments

Lynne,  47, 21 months

That you are lucky to if survived.

Lee,  37, 5 1/2 years

We are all different

We are all different and at different stages of life with different abilities. You do what you think is right for you.

Robyn,  57, 18 months

Focus on what you have rather than what you haven’t and be patient and positive, it gets better!

Michelle,  42, 4 years

Flash backs

Anon,  70, 10 months

It takes time but you will get there, even if getting there is not where you were before. Mourn the person you were but embrace the new person you have become. Listen to your own body usually that knows more than the Doctors/Consultants, if you are tired sleep and remember no two SCA survivors are the same don’t think you should be like anyone else

Lisa,  40, 7 years

Don’t dwell just think your very lucky to be here

Michelle,  43, 5 years

I don’t feel I can answer this! It must be very different for everyone depending on cause, down time, the hospital they are in and the circumstances they return to (e.g. As a single parent, you have to get on as normal as much as you can).

Clare,  31, Almost 5 months.

The unexpected, your life will fatally change, depending on the level of damage and the success of the repair!

Brenden,  56, 4 years

I get it.

Andy,  51, 5 years

Life can be better

Stewart,  53, 3 years

Shit! Life is difficult and support network/after care was non existent for me, thankfully for others, I think things may have improved in recent years.

Anon,  36, 11 years