ICD Connection contains a collection of stories from patients and their families who are living with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator. The inspiration for the book stemmed from an annual University of Michigan Young ICD patient and family support conference. This event, “The Young ICD Connection Conference,” is a multidisciplinary collaboration and is coordinated and hosted by the University of Michigan Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center and Congenital Heart Center cardiology staff.
Patient and family stories highlight how the ICD implant affected their life, their challenges and struggles along the way, and share what was and wasn’t helpful to their moving forward and adjusting to life with an ICD. The opportunity for these patients to share their experiences and interact with peers who have had similar experiences can facilitate personal growth and wellness on their life journey with an ICD.
Author: Helen McFarland
Organization: University of Michigan