SCAD - book to assist new survivors

$1,020 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 11 people in 13 months
Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) which causes heart attacks in otherwise healthy women, and more rarely, men who have little to no heart attack risk factors usually around the average age of 40 years of age, but has occurred in much younger and older people.

It can be very hard to readjust to life after having a heart attack which happened for apparently no reason whatsoever, even though you were doing everything right and were fit and healthy. Depending on the severity of the heart attack, some survivors have to completely change their way of life to adapt to now having heart damage and live with the ongoing issues of medications for life. Mentally this can be very challenging and scarring.

There is very little known about SCAD and research into this is only just beginning. The medical world still do not understand what causes SCAD and this can be very daunting for newly diagnosed SCAD survivors. Survivors are usually informed that it is very rare and they are unlikely to ever meet another survivor. This can be very frightening and isolating, I want to reach out to newly diagnosed survivors whilst prior to their initial hospital discharge so they know there are more survivors out here and there is life after SCAD.

I am publishing a book telling stories of survival of SCAD survivors which is to be distributed for FREE to assist with their emotional recovery after diagnosis.
I have already contacted other survivors who have readily agreed to share their stories in the interest of helping newly diagnosed SCAD survivors to adjust to their new lives.

Here is a link which may help you to understand SCAD.
www.whatisscad.com.au

Books will also be published and placed for sale on international sites to help raise awareness of this potentially fatal and rare coronary event and the monies raised from these sales will be donated to SCAD research and the purchase of copies for hospitals.

Below are some photos of SCAD survivors who are hoping to make a difference with their stories.

Fiona Ashworth
Helena King
Jen O'Neill
Mim Macinnis
Dominique C-B
Pamela McKenzie
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A draft copy of the book is available for viewing at www.whatisscad.com.au
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A quick update :) The book is now in a draft version and coming along nicely.
Thank you to everyone who has donated so far!
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All donors, both personal donors and companies, will be thanked publicly in the 'acknowledgement' section of the book :)
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$1,020 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 11 people in 13 months
Created January 24, 2017
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$50
Graham Lee
2 months ago

Go get ém Pam...

$300
Dibdin Dilland
8 months ago

Thanks

$50
Anonymous
8 months ago
MC
$100
Marty Chapman
12 months ago

I hope you get to do this. I know it will be a big help to others

SN
$50
Susan North
12 months ago

Good luck with this, Pam, love Sue and Stuart North

$100
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12 months ago
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