Posted on October 22nd, 2009 under Patient Stories & Updates.
When I launched this website years ago, I had two fundamental goals:
- My first goal was to educate patients and caregivers about the realities of heart valve surgery.
- My second goal was to empower you to make the right choices given your diagnosis and prognosis.
Over time, these goals have turned into one of my life passions. That passion has churned out a lot of blogs over the years. Today, this website has over 2,200 pages of free content to help you through heart valve surgery. As a result, my friends have started calling me the Dear Abby of heart valve surgery.
Me & Ethan (my 6-month old son)
While running this website takes a lot of time and energy (considering I have a full-time job), I absolutely love it! This work has provided me with the best human nourishment I have ever experienced. Thanks, once again, to you for providing this unique opportunity! Without you, none of this would be possible.
As this website began to grow, I started to receive notes, emails and phone calls about new ways to improve this online community. As you may recall, it was your feedback that served as the genesis of the Heart Valve Surgeon Locator (Beta).
The more I talked with the patient and caregiver community, the more I learned how technology (specifically Internet applications) could improve your surgical experience, from diagnosis through recovery. I started to get really, really, really excited about new possibilities for helping patients and their caregivers – beyond the current website.
So… Not to be a tease… But, in the very near future, I will be posting an exciting new application and several additional features to support you through the heart valve surgery experience. FYI, I have been working on these website additions for the past seven months.
Also, I will be making a significant announcement, in the next few months, that will illustrate just how thankful I am for this community and the medical miracle known as heart valve surgery.
Again, thanks for your belief in me and your ongoing support of each other.
Keep on tickin!