My immediate reaction to the diagnosis was to fight, to not give in. Not to let the illness win, but to beat it.
Oberdan is a fighter. That’s why, after he was diagnosed with heart failure, he took action. He wanted to help not just himself. He believed many others in his position needed help, too.
When I was diagnosed with heart failure, I honestly didn’t know what it was, because there isn’t much information on this subject. There really is very little. That’s why I founded AISC (Associazione Italiana Scompensati Cardiaci), an association where I am chairman, to help other patients understand what heart failure is, so that they never reach the stage where they give up. [And] to help them before that happens, through preventive action and by giving them access to as much information as possible.
Oberdan has learned a lot about heart failure. He sticks to a good diet, stays active, and takes everything in stride. Most important, he shares what he has learned with the rest of the world.