Latest My Life magazine focusses on mental well-being

12th January 2017

The latest edition of My Life, our regular magazine for people affected by cardiomyopathy, is now available.

The issue, which has a theme of mental well-being, contains medical articles, patient stories, news about developments in care and latest research.

There’s an article from clinical psychologist Graeme Gillespie on how focussing on the important things in life can help people cope with long term illnesses. Dr Ian McPherson, a clinical psychologist and Cardiomyopathy UK trustee, talks about how the charity is campaigning for better psychological care for people with cardiomyopathy.  Our support nurse Robert Hall discusses resuming sex after a cardiomyopathy diagnosis.

Supporters Suzanne Kelsey and Steve Lovegrove tell their cardiomyopathy stories and how they have dealt with the emotional side of their diagnosis. Jenny Rees talks about her condition and her research into the psychological effects of cardiomyopathy.

There’s also details about our 2017 cardiomyopathy information days and our new live chat messaging service with our support nurses.  There’s also news about our new support group in Birmingham and others to come in Cumbria, Milton Keynes, Cambridge and Ipswich.

Independent financial adviser Bill Bartholomew answers questions on life insurance and critical illness cover for people with cardiomyopathy.  We also report on our new Cardiomyopathy UK Awards and our 2016 winners.

Research stories include how limits on exercise can cause emotional problems, stem cell treatment for chemotherapy-related cardiomyopathy, how heart pumps can sometimes lead to complete recovery for recipients and how biventricular pacemakers can help heart valve problems.

There’s also stories about our fundraisers and what you can do to help us support families affected by cardiomyopathy.

You can sign up to get regular copies of our magazine here.