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“Looking Back To See How Far I’ve Come” By Amy Machtay

Posted by Adam Pick on March 21st, 2010

I recently launched a new section of this website called Heart Valve Journals. This interactive tool was designed to help patients, families and friends communicate before-and-after heart surgery. Already, several hundred people have signed up for this free service.

Amy Machtay - East Carolina Heart Institute
Amy Machtay – Mitral Valve Repair Patient

One of those patients is Amy Machtay from Raleigh, North Carolina. Amy created her own Heart Valve Journal just before minimally invasive, mitral valve repair surgery last month. For me, reading Amy’s journals, seeing her pictures, and reviewing her Guestbook, has been inspirational.

Amy Taking A Walk After Surgery

In addition to being a great writer, Amy has a great support group. I just noticed that over 150 people have left Amy encouraging and loving notes. Even Dr. Randolph Chitwood, her surgeon, wrote in Amy’s Guestbook. (FYI, I think that is the first time a surgeon has contributed to a patient’s journal.)

Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood, MD
Dr. Randolph Chitwood - Amy’s Surgeon

A few days ago, Amy posted a journal titled, “Looking Back To See How Far I’ve Come”. Given the title, I had to pass it along in this blog.

If you would like to read that journal or learn more about Amy, please click this link to visit Amy Machtay’s Heart Valve Journal.

Keep on tickin’ Amy!

Adam Pick
Written by Adam Pick A dad, a husband and a patient, Adam Pick founded this website in 2006 to educate you about heart valve surgery from diagnosis to recovery.
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