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Jamie Todor

Richmond, Texas,

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Sunday, April 22, 2012 03:49 PM


Your progress sounds fantastic!! I'm really proud of you and all of your work. I know it's hard to pace yourself but don't go too fast. Keep up the great work and I'll still be praying for you and thinking of you.

Take care,

Rick Parks

Friday, April 13, 2012 11:59 AM

Thanks for the update, a little late reading, but know we pray for you each day. so glad things are going so well. Keep up the good job!!!!!!!!


Wednesday, April 4, 2012 06:25 AM

I'm so glad to hear that you are continuing to do well! Keep up the good work!

Jamie McGuire

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 12:55 PM

Hi Jamie,

That's great you are doing so good, sure glad to hear that. The rehab will make you stronger all the time. It is so nice that chapter in your life is history and you are like a new person, now. Are you planning a nice long vacation this summer? You deserve it, I know you have been through a rough ordeal and it's time to relax and enjoy life again. I know it hasn't been easy, but with God's help, your loving family and friends and your strong willpower, you have made it through. Keep up the good work. Ray and I send our love to you and your family.

God Bless,


Jamie says in response,
"Thanks Shirlene....Yes, life is good for me! Praise God for His healing touch. The rehab is making every day better from an energy and strength point of view. I am hoping to take a couple of trips this summer to celebrate being done with all of this for sure!! Will be coming to Ohio at the end of April with Bob and his dad to get the family home ready for an estate sale and home sale. Will probably be there for a week. Then hoping to take our daughter on some kind of fun trip...possibly overseas...haven't decided yet what to do. We promised her a graduation trip 3 years ago!! Hope you and Ray are feeling good....It is always good to hear from you:)):) Hugs. Jamie"

Monday, March 12, 2012 08:11 PM

Congratulations Jamie !!

That is absolutely fantastic news!!! You are so blessed and strong. With God, family and friends you've completed 1 chapter and started a new, healthier, and heart-filled (sorry, I couldn't resist) chapter in your life. I'm proud of you...and of all of your family and friends.

In other news, no I didn't know Ellen Carpenter lives in Texas. Actually, I haven't heard from her since graduation. Is she on facebook? I'd love to catch up with her. That is one thing I've really liked about fb, catching up with friends and classmates.

Thank you for keeping us updated on every step of your journey. I look forward to some day giving you a big hug but in the mean time, xoxox.

Love you dear, wonderful friend,


Jamie says in response,
"I am indeed blessed....and getting stronger every week. I am starting a new chapter and it gets better as I do more and more. Rehab has been great for that....pushing the body while being monitored. It really has helped me to feel better and more normal.

I don't think Ellen is on FaceBook. She married Tim Tyler (LeeAnn Wilmot's first husband. They have been married about 10 years...and are raising two small children of her brother's former wife. It is a long story but Tim and Ellen are great parents and I am so proud of them. They live about an hour from me....

I hope to be at our next reunion to collect that hug in person! I was sooo happy to hear about Wes' new job. That is such good news. Have a great day my friend and thank you for always being sooo encouraging. Love and Hugs. Jamie"

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 12:02 PM

Yes I know the feeling !!!!

It is sometimes overwhelming to know that you have made it this far without any serious complications. It just makes you get on your knees and be thankful to God.

I am so happy to hear all the good news!!

It is such an amazing journey we have experienced.

My surgeon only sees patients in the office on Wedensdays.......

Every Tuesday night I think that someone will go into his office the next day and hear the news that they need surgery. It makes me stop and remember all we have been through...and how blessed we are to have been able to get this far!




Jamie says in response,
"Amen to getting on the knees and sending HIM prayers of thankfulness. It blows me away to think that someone had my heart in their hands. I still can't believe it til I look down and see my souvenir on my chest!! I love that you shared that every Tuesday night you think of others...that is a touching story and one that I need to do...my surgeon sees them on Tuesdays! Thanks for your encouragement....I always love your comments. God bless you John and have a great week. Jamie Todor"

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 09:59 AM


So happy for you, really glad you are doing so good. I didn't have a doubt but what you would do good, but it is really nice to hear from the Doctor's that everything is looking so good. You are going to feel like a new woman and can really enjoy your summer. Prayers will continue to be with you.

Love, Shirlene and Ray

Jamie says in response,
"I agree...it was GREAT to get that confirmation from the doctor. I still am kind of jumpy every time my heart goes flippity flop...I know it is just PVC's but it feels like it did before the fix and it is scary!! I KNOW that I am fixed but every ache and pain is a worry! LOL....That is what rehab is for so I can trust more and more. Hope you all are doing good...and it is warming up in WV. Hugs. Jamie"

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 09:16 AM

So happy for you Jamie!! Wonderful news. Continued prayers and recovery wishes sent your way. Janis Kielbasa

Jamie says in response,
"Thanks Janis. I know you are walking allot...how is the stamina this week?? Any changes? I can't wait til the sternum pain and scar burning is gone....I think my chest pulls on things and makes it hurt!! LOL. I am doing more and more but still get way too tired for me....I am having to learn to pace myself and that is hard for a type A to learn!! Blessings on your week. Jamie T."

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 07:44 AM


I am feeling really good these day's...I'm just about 4 months post surgery and I'm really feeling like my old self...I think I pretty much have most of my stamina back and the sternum pressure is pretty much gone....Thanks for asking!!

Jamie McGuire

Jamie says in response,
"Thanks for the encouragement...I sure hope my pain is gone when I get to 4 months!! I am also ready for stamina to be back....so..I am encouraged. Thank you for sharing. Have a great week. Jamie T."

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 04:44 AM

Yay! Jamie! Great results for a GREAT lady. I considered Dr. Baldwin in Houston for my surgery, but it would have been an issue for insurance. He is a highly regarded surgeon. I am pretty sure that I will do cardiac rehab regardless of what the doctor says, I'm sure my doctors here would order it for me. I am looking at this surgery as another chance to start a new chapter, get out more and in better shape. Rehab can't be bad for you and I feel like it will help "ease my fear" of tearing something up, lol.

Keep up the good work, please do keep me in your prayers and thank you for all of your sweet encouragement.


Linda D.

Jamie says in response,
"Gottcha covered in the prayer department sista!! I was hoping to encourage all those who are going down the path...I had a great outcome as do most folks. It is scary as you begin it all and doesn't really go away til you are up and about. That sure does help. Cleveland Clinic is great...there success rate is fabulous. I will be praying for you and your daughter Linda. Hugs and Love, Jamie"
Jamie says in response,
"OOPS.....spelled" their" wrong!! A senior moment! Jamie LOL"

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 09:07 PM

Jamie, two great reports this week. Keep up the great work. Prayers are working also. Enjoy your visit with Judy and Karyn. We will make a date after you return



Jamie says in response,
"Have a wonderful time in England....sounds awesome for you two lovebirds. Can't wait to hear all about it and see your pictures at our dinner. Put me on your calendar to set a date when you get back. Hugs and Love, Jamie"

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 07:18 PM

I'm so happy for you!!

Jamie McGuire

Jamie says in response,
"Thanks for sharing the joy!! How are YOU feeling these days??"

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 07:13 PM

God is so Good! Thanks for sharing your Joy!


Jamie says in response,
"You are soooo welcome...thanks for your nice note....Blessings:):)"

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 06:02 PM

Hi Jamie, Congrads on your wonderful check

up today ! You looked so great on Sunday I

could tell you are really taking care of your

self ! You have a beautiful "glow" about you now. Way to Go !! Love, Maggie

Jamie says in response,
"Thanks Maggie....It was a great day. You are soooo sweet...thanks for the encouraging words. God is so Good!! Love, Jamie"

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 05:54 PM

So happy for you Jamie....ain't it great?! Enjoy the springtime!

JH Mattingly

Jamie says in response,
"It sure is great and springtime is wonderful!! Our weather in Houston couldn't be any prettier....loving the spring smells and sights!! Blessings. Jamie"

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 05:11 PM

Such great news Jamie. You sound so releived and you should be. I am so happy for you. I have my first post surgery echo next week. I hope my results are as good as yours.

So, are you going to work harder at rehab now?

-Mitch Friedman

Jamie says in response,
"I am relieved...I felt good and all was going well but it is just so good to know the hole is plugged...LOL!! No regurg. so far is great news....I think it is way too easy to worry about things...every ache or pain made me a little wary!! But now that my Echo is done...my arteries were clear from my angio...I am GOOD to go. Let me know how your Echo goes....It was soooo cool to look on that screen and see the differences even tho I am not a medical person. I could SEE the changes...truly amazing. Keep working hard...you are inspiring.
Jamie Todor"

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 04:56 PM

Fantastic news! We are so happy for you, Bob & family! Love, Kevin & Kate

Jamie says in response,
"It was soooooo good to hear that report....amen, amen, amen!! Love you guys..Jamie"

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 04:53 PM

Dear Jamie,

You have been in my thoughts and prayers through this whole thing and I am overjoyed to hear of your great news! May your heart continue to heal and you get stronger with every day!

Much love :)

Holly (Gay) Reynolds

Jamie says in response,
"Thank you soooo much Holly....It is soooo good to be on the over the mountain side of all of this. I have felt your prayers...they have really kept me focused through this whole thing. How is your hubby doing?? I think of you all often....Love and HUGS. Jamie"

Monday, March 5, 2012 09:16 PM

Jamie. Congrats on all your achievements ! Right behind you. Feels great.

Thx for all your support. Glad to be there for you

Enjoy !! Nancy friedman st Louis. 4 weeks Thursday !

Jamie says in response,
"You are doing really great yourself...wow 4 weeks already. Loved the picture of you on a treadmill. Go girl...but easy! LOL..."

Monday, March 5, 2012 06:44 PM

Amazing update Jamie. I am so happy to hear you continue to do really, really well in your recovery. Cardiac Rehab is really working for you. I am still deciding if I will go to rehab. My cardiologist seems to think it is a waste of time for me, but everyone keeps saying how good it is. I am thinking I will go and see what happens. Worst case I become a cardiac rehab drop out, I doubt I will be the first. Uh oh, will the cardiac rehab police come after me?????

Keep up the good work, great to see your progress.

All the best,

-Mitch Friedman

Jamie says in response,
"HI Mitch...the rehab might not be for you..I know you are walking allot and I think out and by yourself. I was a little nervous about trusting the heart...so tho I did walk about every day...someone always walked with me. I guess I just wasn't sure about how the heart would perform. Not quite able to totally get out there and give it 100% without worrying. My cardiologist told me not to do it either but I wanted that extra precaution of knowing all systems were performing well. It is more of building trust that all systems are go. Don't know why I was so scared of trusting it but I was, The first couple of days I had a pacemaker box because there was "nothing" under it. Meaning my heart was not responding properly yet...3 days later all was fine so the pacemaker surgery was cancelled. My fears may stem from all of that scary stuff! For me it gets me disciplined to work on a daily basis, builds confidence in my ability and is uplifting. The staff is great. Yes, I am in there with allot of older fellows but they encourage me too...I don't want to be there when I am the age they are!! It is not for everyone I am sure....and it sounds like you are rocking it. Two miles twice a day...your heart is holding its own!! I also had some lung issues...partial collapse...and breathing seems to be my nemesis! That too is really improving. The lungs are much, much better....shortness of breath night and day better...pulmonologist said it would take 3 months at least to come back. Anyway...that's my story! You are doing great my friend...keep up the good work!"

Monday, March 5, 2012 02:06 PM

Jamie, I somehow missed your post yesterday, but happy anniversary sweet lady! So happy you are doing so well and enjoying rehab. I know how you feel about "trusting your heart". I have been told to "not overdo" for so long now, I too will be a little anxious following surgery. I plan to do rehab also. I leave for Cleveland Thursday and will have my surgery on Tuesday the 13th, so please keep me in your prayers.

Hugs your way,

Linda Dixon

Jamie says in response,
"I will be praying for you...Have a safe flight....won't be long and you will be winging your way back home to SC!! Hugs. Jamie"

Monday, March 5, 2012 10:47 AM

Hi Jamie,

So glad you are doing so good, just keep doing what you are doing. I went with Ray to rehab and it is real nice to be monitored while you are exercising. The classes are informative, too. It is really hard to eat what you are supposed to eat when you have diabetes and heart trouble, both. Ray says, if it is something good, he isn't supposed to have it. That''s wonderful you have lost weight. I sure would like to loose a few pounds, but I don't seem to have the will power that I once had.

Thanks for the update, we like hearing from you, keep up the good work.

Love, Shirlene and Ray

Jamie says in response,
"I agree with Ray....everything that is good is a no,no!! Thanks for your encouraging note. You sure look great in your FB picture and don't look like you need to lose a pound. You were and still are a very beautiful woman!! You are aging very well my dear! Rehab was great today...walked 3/4 mile on treadmill and 1 mile on bike. WooHoo! Blessings sweet friends...J"

Monday, March 5, 2012 07:06 AM


I am so glad you are doing so well...Good luck with your appointment this week!!

Jamie McGuire

Jamie says in response,
"Thanks Jamie....I will be happy to hear that all is well and the valve is holding!! Thanks for your note...J"

Monday, March 5, 2012 06:47 AM

Jamie .... You go girl! That makes me SMILE really big! You are such an inspiration and a blessing, thanks for sharing your progress and journey with us.



Jamie says in response,
"You are soooo sweet Janet. I so enjoyed your visit to see me...and the purple flowers are still absolutely beautiful. You made me SMILE to read your note...God bless you girlfriend! Love, Jamie"

Monday, March 5, 2012 05:44 AM

Congratulations Jamie!!

It is fantastic that you've hit your 2 month anniversary and doing so well! That is fantastic, but I expected no less. Keep up the great work and progress and know you're in our thoughts and prayers.

Love ya,

Rick Parks

Jamie says in response,
"Thanks so much dear friend for the prayers and thoughts. I just love FB and connnectiing with my high school and grade school friends. Did I ever tell you that Ellen Carpenter is living about an hour from me here in the Houston area?? How about that. God bless you and the family Rick....who I still want to call Richard!! LOL and Hugs..J"

Monday, March 5, 2012 05:34 AM

Good morning, Jamie

I am so happy to hear of the great results you are having from the rehab, way to go. Yes indeed we pray for you daily and will continue. We will get together after our trip to England this week end. We will return on March 17th. If it works for you March 24th would be good for us. I will bring the lemon pie. Keep up the the good work and remember you are in our prayers. Blessings, Dorothy

Jamie says in response,
"Missed you yesterday....England...how cool. You all are going to have a blast. Can't wait to hear all about it. I will be out of town that weekend...going to see Judy Perryman and Karyn Breechner..but most any other time will work for our dinner and pie fest!! Check your calendar and let me know dear friend. Love and have a wonderful trip. Jamie"

Monday, March 5, 2012 04:11 AM

Hi Jamie,

Sounds like you are doing very well. I really found the rehab program helpful for me, both the exercise portion and the class portion, which was very informative.

Knowing that the nurses were monitoring me while I exercised made me feel much more comfortable during the exercises.

I hope you get great results during your checkups, and congratulations on losing the weight.

John Lund

Jamie says in response,
"I agree...both parts of the program are great. Had a wonderful session today and upped everything...I feel great!! I hope the ole valve checks out too....it will be a relief to know that all is working well! Blessings on your day HVJ friend! Jamie"

Monday, March 5, 2012 03:53 AM


Congrats on the 2-month anniversary of the successful surgery. Great to hear that your rehab is going so well. You're clearly doing all the right things. Take care

- Jim Smith

Jamie says in response,
"Thanks for your note of encouragement Jim. This is such a great way to share experiences....Have a blessed day! J"

Sunday, March 4, 2012 09:02 PM


Your update is great.

I am so glad you are feeling so strong and positive.

God Bless

John Madonna

Las Vegas NV

Jamie says in response,
"I always like to hear from you John...you are so supportive. Hope all is well with you...thanks for your note and kind words. Jamie"

Sunday, February 26, 2012 07:05 PM

Jamie, you're update is so fantastic!!!! I'm proud of you and your progress. Listen to your body!!!! It will tell you when too much is too much, but try not go that far. You're wonderful, as a person and a friend. I look forward to hearing more about your progress. God bless you and your wonderful family. Love you, Rick Parks.

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