After surviving a rare coronary artery dissection and massive heart attack while nine months pregnant, Nefertari has devoted her life to uplifting other heart patients and promoting heart health awareness.See all posts »
Coping with Depression After Heart Attack
After a heart attack, some people -- though not all -- are left disabled. Perhaps it's due to the emotional effects of the pain and suffering from such a traumatic experience, or the actual physical damage done to the heart muscle itself.
As I learned, depression can sometimes be a debilitating side effect after heart attack.
Although I've been able to combat it, I battled depression following my ordeal -- and when I say "battled," I mean I fought like I was at war.
In finding ways to cope, it was suggested to me that I start to reintroduce the things that I loved back into my daily routine, even though I was unable to keep up with my previous pace.
My favorite hobby was, and still is, jewelry making. I could make jewelry 24 hours per day and still find joy in each piecemthat I designed. Although edema (swelling in the fingers) has slowed me down on some days, most days I am able to create at least one piece of jewelry.
At the time, I had frequent visitors due to my poor health, and so I had a large audience for my designs. They were well received so I decided to start a small business. I began, thanks to my friend Ernie, posting my designs on Etsy, an online marketplace for artists, crafters, and designers where you can purchase all types of hand made treasures. I love Etsy because you can see the artwork of many artisans and even read a bit about them. In looking through the site, I even found that many of the sellers on Etsy are disabled just like me. I support their effort, and am inspired by their creativity.
My Etsy shop is one of my many anti-depressants. I enjoy posting my designs and reading the comments that people post. It inspires me to continue creating, and helps me handle the bad days. I recommend that everyone -- with or without heart disease or illnesses -- follow their dreams and spend time nurturing their interests. Devoting time to this hobby, and to practicing things that I love makes me stronger in my fight. against heart disease.
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