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Big,
Beautiful
Life
My

Since her diagnosis,
Sandi Holloway, 53, took
up weightlifting and won
a pageant competition

with
Heart Failure

I

I underwent some testing, and
within a day or two I got my diagnosis: heart failure.
Although more than 6 million
Americans live with heart failure,
there's still lots of confusion about
the disease, which is why I volunteer with the American Heart
Association and tell my story.
I want to spread awareness,
because it is so easy to know the
symptoms and risk factors and to
get ahead of them.

Understanding
Heart Failure

First off, heart failure doesn't mean
that your heart stops. It just means
that it's not pumping as well as it

PHOTO BY LISA BOISVERT
OF WILD SIDE PHOTOGRAPHY

was diagnosed with heart failure
in 2011, and it was a complete
shock to me.
I'd struggled with breast cancer
and morbid obesity-I weighed
more than 270 pounds at the time-
but I had low blood pressure, and I
thought heart failure was something
that happened to old people.
I went out for a walk one day,
and my stomach was a little upset. I
thought maybe I was getting a bit of
a bug, so I went home and went to
sleep early that night.
The next day, the stomach pain
got worse, and I was confused and
having trouble breathing, so my son
called 911, and I was taken to the
hospital in an ambulance.

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