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March 11, 2021 51 min

In February 2019, Eliza (aged 20) had a successful heart transplant recipient at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire, UK. It was a life-saving event that focussed her on fundraising and being a patient advocate.

Eliza explains that she was born with congenital heart disease but didn’t know about it until she was 12.

What life was like as a teenager and how she coped with having her first pacemaker fitted at 14. 

She shares what it was like being on the transplant list, moving to the urgent list and living in a hospital. 

We talk about invisible illnesses and how it makes her feel. How her heart health has impacted her mental health and how she helped herself. 

How she recognised her need to have a purpose and how she started fundraising for Papworth Hospital before she had her transplant. How it helped her by sharing her story turning something negative into a positive. 

Eliza talks us through her transplant and recovery, and the changes she experienced and her new lease on life. 

Now she is using her experience and is a mindset coach, helping young people come to terms with living life with a chronic illness. 

So, with no further ado, let me introduce you to … Eliza

Instagram: @transplantchatswitheliza
Podcast Website: www.transplantchats.com
Coaching Website: www.eliza-bell.co.uk

More from me

Join me in the My Heart & Mind Community. A  Facebook group to make friends, talk heart stuff, share experiences and have fun.

Read my book The Basics of Heart Health Management at Home Digital Workbook. Helping you with the practical side of life when living with heart disease. The source code of the how not only the what and the why!
 
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