I feel strong
Having a Fontan creates a rollercoaster of emotions. But there are excellent reasons to feel confident and aim to live your life with adventure and hope. Statistics are getting better and better, as people like you grow into adulthood for the first time ever. It's hard to believe this sometimes because doctors and parents can dwell on life expectancy rather than living a full life.
If you reach 16 years of age without complication, you have more than a two-thirds chance to reach the age of 60. That's old! Decide that this is you.
You need to choose to live your life and do the things you want to do. By now, you should know your body well enough to listen to its signals and respond to it in a healthy way. You would also know that a positive outlook can help a person's mood.
Choose to be and feel strong. But don't beat yourself up if you have tougher days. That's normal for all humans.
Enjoy the stories on this page, including a series of podcasts. Everyone speaks with honesty and determination.
Meghan Roswick - hypoplastic left heart syndrome (hlhs) - an amazing gymnast and free-style skier, she chooses to live her life with the "adrenalin pumping through her veins."
Margaret Ellis Raymond - tricuspid atresia - one piece of vision shows her sewing up dresses to cover her scar but in the next piece of vision, you see she's made the decision to wear a
Austin Cole - hypoplastic left heart syndrome (hlhs) - he explains his condition then talks about living his life, including a period with anxiety.
Kristy Walker - pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum - she talks about her scar and what she would have told her 12 year old self.
Livvy - hypoplastic left heart syndrome (hlhs)- discovers she's going to meet Ed Sheeran!
Jaden Dixon, Australia - hypoplastic left heart syndrome (hlhs) - talks about the good and the bad, including her scar.
Jo - tricuspid atresia - born in the 70s, she was one of the first people to have a Fontan done at her hospital in England.
Podcast - Supporting Young Hearts
Do you enjoy podcasts?
The Heart Foundation in Australia has produced this series covering feeling down, sex and intimacy, trauma, identity and living your best life. The best thing is that younger people are interviewed and share their personal experiences about various heart conditions.
Search Supporting Young Hearts in your podcast platform or find it here.