Heart Failure Story: Sara Campos

Heart Failure Story: Sara Campos

January 4, 2020 0 By Bertrand Dibbert


(gentle piano music) Hi, I’m Sara Campos, and
I’m from Chicago, Illinois. In 2009, I was diagnosed with
congestive heart failure, and it all came about
because of my breast cancer, my chemotherapy, and my radiation. It’s been quite an adventure with lots of problems. You go through, it’s said to me, “You’re
clean for years and years,” and then after 10 years, all of a sudden, your heart’s not working
because it was damaged, and then, it was like
downhill after that. (laughs) I just thought I had an upset stomach and a pain right here in
the middle of your chest, but the pain was there. It was a constant pain. My son’s girlfriend was
studying to be a doctor, “You better take your mom there, “because it sounds like
she’s having a heart attack.” We immediately went to the hospital. We walk in, and they
do all sorts of tests, and, “You have congestive heart failure.” Oh my God, what is that? Never heard of it. As a woman, you always
say, “Oh, it’ll go away” or “I just ate something wrong.” (gentle orchestral music) Before I got any answers,
where I felt comfortable, I was literally, like,
going to the first doctor, and I wasn’t feeling that well anyway. I was like, “What’s going on? “I feel terrible.” By the time I did get the
second, third opinion, that’s when they started
just changing my medicine, new medicines, new everything, and I got better. (gentle piano music) I try not to be sedentary,
like just sit around. (women laugh) I’m more around, in my home. I’ve found that walking was better for me, but I am glad that my doctors
are keeping tabs on me, be coming back in three months, four months, six months. I’ve been lucky. Like I said, I’m still ticking. (laughs) (upbeat music) I feel lucky, and I feel happy that I’m still around
(chuckles), and I can see my grandkids and family. I’ve been one of the lucky ones. – We support her a lot. We give her lots of help, like we always tell her,
“We’ll do the dishes for you. “We’ll do the clothes for you. “We’ll help you do the bed,” and she says, “That’s fine.” She’s just the best grandma
that you can ever have. (upbeat music)