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AUDIO HERSTORY: Former Miss Massachusetts Michaela Gagne Shares How She Lives With The Fear of Her Heart Disease

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Hi, my name is Michaela Gagne and I am from Fall River, Mass., and I am here to tell you about the fear I experienced when I was diagnosed with heart disease and about the way that I overcame that and overcome it on a daily basis.

Michaela I was diagnosed with long QT syndrome, a life-threatening heart condition at 17 years old and it was huge for me first of all to find my support systems. I mean I can’t say enough about my family and truly finding out who my friends were at that point in my life when I didn’t even know how to feel, how to act, I was afraid to live. Here I was told that I was a ticking time bomb that could have gone off any moment.

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