The emotional side of HCM has been difficult at times. When I was a young woman, I was told not to have children and this was devastating to me and left me unable to understand the ramifications for marriage, etc. The man I was dating at the time I never saw again, he said, "I can't marry an invalid." That was 40 years ago. But the memory haunts me not because it interferes with my life now, but it was cruel and harsh when I was young and had no idea how long I would live. Knowing I will never go to the doctor and have a complete good bill of health is overwhelming at times. The erratic complications — palpitations, fatigue, atrial fibrillation, shortness of breath — crop up when you dread being held back for any reason. People react can be cautious and scared to be around you. So it takes telling yourself a story of strength and courage and being your own best friend. Finding ways to combat the loneliness and isolation that comes with the disease.