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Rebeca del Castillo: pacemaker user, enthusiast of life, dreamer and fighter

I have the opportunity to meet people with medical devices at many social networks. Meet Rebeca del Castillo Pérez @rbkdc, another amazing pacemaker user. Find out who is she, what she does, and their perception of how society views their condition of pacemaker user in your country, inspire yourself.

Name: Rebeca del Castillo Pérez
Age: 33
Type of medical device: Pacemaker
First implant (month and year): January 1999
Physical Activity modalities: Running, Swimming, Cycling, Fitness, Yoga
City/State/Country: Santander, Cantabria, Spain


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How your life used to be before the implant?

I led a very quiet life to sport as tennis, swimming, hiking.

llevaba una vida muy relajada, jugaba al tenis, y practicaba natación y senderismo.

If you was practicing physical activities before implant, something changed after it?

I do not get tired so much, I have greater resistance has changed my life completely.

antes de la implantación  del marcapasos me notaba muy fatigada, me cansaba muchísimo, pero después mi vitalidad aumento en un 90%, me devolvió la vida.

How your doctor sees your physical activities?

He is happy, he said that if it were not for all that I do, I would not be so good at physical level even a heart as strong as now, since I have two congenital heart diseases and I operated 7 timeshe is enchanted, he said that if it were not for all that I do, I would not be so good at physical level even a heart as strong as now, since I have two congenital heart diseases and I operated 7 times.

Él esta feliz, dijo que si no fuera por todo lo que hago , yo no estaría tan bien a nivel físico , incluso un corazón tan fuerte como ahora, ya que tengo dos enfermedades congénitas del corazón y he pasado por 7 intervenciones.

How people in your country sees in generally people who use a cardiac medical device? 

In general they are surprised that a person with a pacemaker can lead the life I lead, but hey guess it’s also cuention character and want to live.

General la gente se sorprende de que una persona tan joven lleve un marcapasos desde hace tantos años, lo ven mas normal en gente mayor, pero en mi caso les parece asombroso que pueda llevar/tener la vida que yo llevo, pero es mas una cuestión de carácter y querer vivir.

You had at some point to deal with preconception as a pacemaker user? 

No , Idon’t have any information about it , I have a pacemaker since I was 16 years old, and now im 33, in these time, was to rarely that a young person take a pacemaker, and spoke of his/her experience.

No, no tuve ninguna información,  tengo el marcapasos desde los 16 años y ahora tengo 33 en aquella época, hace casi 20 años era muy difícil encontrar a alguien joven que llevase uno y te pudiese contar su experiencia.

What kind of message for people you want spread with your posts?

would like to convey to people that have heart disease, or other disease, do not have to lose hope, not  put aside your dreams, it may cost you a little more effort and get time, but end the one who perseveres wins.

Me gustaría transmitir a las personas que tienen enfermedades del corazón, u otra enfermedad, no tiene que perder la esperanza, no dejar de lado sus sueños, les costara un poco más de esfuerzo y tiempo, pero al final el que persevera gana.

About video: “The story Rebeca shares with us with a shocking naturalness is not only a story of survival but reminds us too that we are pieces of the same game. Living is not only an individual, unconscious and agonizing process. In the greatest feats or in the most trivial decisions, we move threads of intrincate connections, complex and random cause-effect gears which implicate new challenges in our lives and of others. The result is a strange game of crossroads, that move forward, or backwards, get lost, lead us to some place or nowhere, butterfly effects that build our biography, called luck by some and destiny by others”.

Vivir no es sólo un proceso inconsciente, individual y agónico. En las más grandes epopeyas o en las decisiones más triviales, movemos hilos de conexiones intrincadas, complejos y aleatorios engranajes causa-efecto que implican nuevos retos en nuestra vida y la de los otros. El resultado es un extraño juego de caminos que se bifurcan, avanzan, retroceden, se pierden, nos conducen a un lugar o a ninguno de ellos, efectos mariposa que construyen nuestra biografía, que unos llaman azar y otros trascendencia. La historia que Rebeca nos narra con una naturalidad sobrecogedora, no es sólo una historia de supervivencia, nos recuerda, también, que somos piezas de un mismo juego.

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