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In Florida, Heart Valve Surgery Buddies Gather To Celebrate Life

Posted by Adam Pick on March 21st, 2012

The stories coming out of Heart Valve Journals have touched, moved and inspired me. 

Last week, it was Jeff and Jim at Mount Sinai in New York. Today, its Cheryl, Peter, Duane, Peggy, Fran, Peter, Richard and Susan who recently connected in Florida.

Heart Valve Journals Reunion
Fran, Duane, Peter, Peggy, Susan, Richard, Peter, Cheryl

Here’s the report from Cheryl Irvine who was at this special gathering of Heart Valve Journalists in the Sunshine State. In her note, Cheryl wrote to me:

Hi Adam,

Cheers from Whitby, Ontario to you and your family.  Peter and I just got back from a trip to Florida where we had a weekend visit with Duane and Peggy Hunt (Winter Haven, Florida), Fran and Peter Zilko (Bonita Springs, Florida) and Richard and Susan Ingham (Berwick, Maine).  We had ourselves a small Heart Valve Journals’ reunion starting Friday evening and even attended Duane’s church Sunday morning.

Your ears had to be burning — but in a good way — because you were certainly in our conversations. The continued improvements and innovations to the website never cease to amaze me.

Chery Irvine – Heart Valve Surgery Patient

Continued success.  I just love reading your updated blogs.

Best regards,
Cheryl, Ontario, Canada

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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Theresa Callanan says on March 21st, 2012 at 2:52 pm

What a beautiful gathering of inspiring souls! Each person in that picture helped me through my surgery and recovery. They did this through their support, encouragement, and personal journeys. It brings a smile to my face to see them gathered here, enjoying each other. Without the creation of this site by Adam, all these lives would not be connected, and stories would not be shared.. It is said what you give out, comes back to you in enormous ways. How great that Adam can see that in these pictures and stories! We are all forever grateful!


Thalia Faunt says on March 22nd, 2012 at 6:17 am

So glad to hear you guys had a reunion, it would have been a fulfilling weekend I am sure. I hope you all continue to feel good after your surgeries. I have never looked back, I have lost weight and feel great, I work as a Personal Carer with the elderly, Remember to keep on tickin’! Cheers, Thalia Faunt, Ballarat. Australia


Mike Mihalich says on April 29th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

I had a valve replacement as well as aneurysms repaired on my aortic arch and on the aortic roots(a genetic defect) 4 1/2 weeks ago on 3/29/12. it was an 11 1/2 hour surgery. Everything seems to be going well except I have neuoperathy in my right shoulder and arm. It is very painful and I have no strength in myvrightvhand. The doctors are telling me it will go away on its own in 6 to 12 weeks. Anybody have any experience with this?


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