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    Anyone have advice on how you mentally prepare yourself for a myectomy? I know its in my future, but just the thought of such an important surgery gets to me. I've only had the last 10 monthes to adjust the fact of having a heart problem and changing my life drastically and words of wisdom will be greatly appreciated.
    Lana

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    Dear Lana,

    In April of last year I was diagnosed with HOCM and it was completely out of the blue. 4 months later I was at Cleveland Clinic having my myectomy; I understand what you mean about not having much time to come to terms with a diganosis before facing a major surgery. As for ways to mentally prepare I have suggestions but most of it is just a matter of time and processing. It's like once you finally get to the point that you are so symptomatic that you aren't living anything close to a normal life then you're more likely to accept facing surgery. Becoming well acquainted with the speciality center that will do the surgery, listening to guided imagery tapes/CDs, prayer or meditation are all helpful. Continuing to read current and past postings regarding myectomies here on the board will also be helpful. It's hard to give you a good line of advice to follow as everyone is different. Ask questions and be patient with your mind as you work through the process of acceptance.

    All the best,
    Lynn
    Lynn Stewart
    HOCM 4/2002
    Cleveland Myectomy Crew 8/2002

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