My Fourth Anniversary!!!

Not only is today the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year…

But, it’s also the anniversary of my aortic and pulmonary heart valve replacement surgery!

I have to admit… It is somewhat unbelievable to think that at this exact moment, four years ago, I was in the operating room at USC Medical Center. And, it is unbelievable to think how much good has entered my life since Dr. Starnes “fixed” my heart.

Dr. Vaughn Starnes And Adam Pick
Adam with Dr. Vaughn Starnes (His Heart Surgeon)

During the past 48 months… Robyn and I got engaged, then married. Earlier this year, we welcomed Ethan (our first child) to the world. And, thanks to you, this website has continued to help patients and caregivers all over the world as they experience heart valve surgery.

In closing, I met with Dr. Ben Rosin, my cardiologist, last week for my annual echocardiogram. As some of you know, these annual check-ups can be a little nerve wracking. However, in review of my echo, Dr. Rosin said, “No changes. You’re perfect. Now, get out of here and have some fun!”

I’m taking that advice to heart.

Keep on tickin!

Adam Pick
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  • Joanne Harris

    Happy Anniversary and many many more, all in good health!

  • Roberta


    What a nice way to celebrate the winter solstice! Wishing you many, many more years of good health and much happiness. Happy 4th anniversary!
    Also, many thanks for your ongoing contribution and dedication to the heart valve community. It is greatly appreciated.

  • Taylor

    Adam – Congrats! Always awesome to get the annual A-OK. Looking forward to getting mine (although mine will be 3 years instead of your 4) in March! Happy Holidays!


  • Adam Pick

    Thanks JoAnne and Roberta!

    And to Taylor… Greeeeaaaat holiday card! Cute puppie. Thanks so much! We put it up over our fireplace. When are you guys coming down to Los Angeles next? We should get together for dinner or something.

    Give our best to Michelle!

    Happy holidays,


  • Richard Volpe

    Happy Anniversary. I am very very happy for you. I hope I am as happy & lucky as you are one day. Today is my son Jason 9th B-day what a happy day for all of us. Adam I appreciate all that you do for us. Thank you.

    Richard Volpe

  • Sherri Hendry

    Congratulations! Happy Anniversary! AND…Thank you so much…

    My 1 year anniversary is coming up in a little over 2 weeks. It’s so amazing how time flies by and during recovery we think we’re never going to make it…sometimes wishing we wouldn’t due to pain and frustration…and then a year, two, three or more goes by and you look back and go WOW!

  • Rita

    Congratulations and the best thing that happened to me is that you wrote that book before I had my valve replacement and that my husband found your book.

  • Duane Hunt

    Adam, congratulations!! Way to go dude! 4 years!!! Awesome!!! Is that a MICHIGAN block M I detect on your jacket? As a hard core Wolverine (had to pretty hard core recently!), I’m liking you better all the time, man! All the best on the 5th year!

  • Adam Pick

    Thanks Richard, Sherri and Rita!!!

    And… To Duane,

    For you, I cheer out, “Hail! Hail! To Michigan the leaders and bessssssst!” ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yes, I went to Michigan for college (’94) and graduate school (’01).

    Keep on tickin!


  • Shelby Hudgens

    Hi Adam,

    Wish you the best. I’m one year out from Ross, so your four-year anniversary is very encouraging. Merry Christmas!


  • Rose Manuel

    Hi Adam,



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