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Jimmy Johnson

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 09:09 PM

Jimmy, I'm glad to read you're doing so well at two years! What a change in our lives post surgery! Thanks for your positive updates and encouragement. Keep chasing after those boys! I have three new grand-babies coming in the next 5 months!! Can't wait. Blessings!

Holly Pomeroy

Thursday, February 20, 2014 06:05 PM

You 'da man Jimmy. Way to go. So glad you got fixed so keep running after those boys. If you can't keep up, now it is just because you are getting older. Sorry Bro!

All the best,

Mitch Friedman

Thursday, February 20, 2014 04:56 PM

Hey Jimmy, Congratulations on your second birthday. Glad things are going so good for you and your family. Love seeing pics of them on FB. You are right don't know what we would do without this site. It has meant a lot to me as well and I still look at it. Life is good. Until later friend

Linda H and Elsie

Thursday, February 20, 2014 09:57 AM

Congratulations on your two year anniversary Jimmy.I am thrilled that things are going well for you and remember when you were leading up to it.I agree that this site was very helpful in taking away the fear of the unknown. And like you I hope others are able to use it as well.

I am thrilled for you and your family, and pray that you have many many more years to continue to celebrate with your family.

Chuck Holmgreen

Thursday, February 20, 2014 07:16 AM

Way to go Jimmy! Great to hear all is well. My best to you always.

Jeff Shebovsky

Saturday, September 7, 2013 04:33 AM

Hi Jimmy

After reading your post I see you live in Charlotte and used Dr Andrews. I am having ohs on September 16 with Dr. Chan dr. Andrew's partner. Was wondering if you can tell me a bit about them. I am new to the area and this all happened so fast.

Debbie JAeger
Jimmy says in response,
"Hi Debbie,

I don't know much about Dr. Chan but Dr. Andrews was awesome. He worked with me through the entire process. The folks in the cardiac center were great. You will be on the 4th floor and everyone there is awesome. The Nurses really look after you. Your Pre-Op day you will get to meet more of the people and the process. It can be a bit overwhelming so prepare yourself. It's a lot of pretesting and paper work.

The nurses in the ICU are amazing. They attended to my every need and made sure I was comfortable with everything.

Feel free to e-mail at JimmyJohnson26@gmail.com if you have any specific questions you want to ask.

Good Luck and waiting really is the hardest part.

Jimmy Johnson"

Friday, July 19, 2013 06:47 PM

Congratulations on little Ty! Somehow I missed that post. Glad things are going so well for you, and hope you are getting a little more sleep now!

You are a wonderful father, I can tell by your pictures!!

Holly P
Jimmy says in response,
"Thank you Very Much!!


Friday, July 19, 2013 01:56 PM

Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Mitch Friedman

Mitch Friedman

Thursday, July 18, 2013 07:23 PM


It is encouraging you are doing so well.

It sure helps other people going in for

surgery or in my case a spouse. My

husband is scheduled for AVR on July 24th.

He is anxious to move forward and put

his surgery behind. I find this site to helpful for anyone preparing for surgery.

P.S. The photos are touching, you have a beautiful family. God bless.

Shelly Poluka
Jimmy says in response,
"Thanks Shelly!! Let me know if you or your Husband has any questions. I will share what I can from my experience.


Thursday, July 18, 2013 08:52 AM

P.S. Just checked out your photos and you've got got a really cute family. It's a good thing your kids take after their mom. :)

Wishing you the best and continued health.


Thursday, July 18, 2013 08:42 AM

Just read your whole journal, and I'm very inspired and reassured. Thank you very much. I'm looking forward to a time where I can be called POST-op, and hopefully my new "normal" will be better than my current "normal", which would be better than great, because I don't feel bad right now except when I do something physically exerting.

Wishing you continued health and smiles.

Jimmy says in response,
"Thank You sir!! I enjoy readying your post. Don't lose that humor as it will help get you through because sometime you just have to laugh at stuff. Good luck and let me know if I can answer any questions. I am looking for forward to seeing you get to the other side..I should clarify and say the other side of surgery..HAHA

Jimmy "

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 02:13 PM

Congrrats Jimmy, great things ahead. BTW, 4 kids and OHS and you haven't realized sleep is over-rated?!?!?!?!

All the best,

-Mitch Friedman

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 11:42 AM

Congratulations to all of your family. A little football team huh. Hope all stay healthy and have a wonderful life. God is good.


Linda H and Elsie

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 05:09 AM

Congratulations Jimmy! Only one more and you will have your own basketball team, lol! Good luck with the "sleeping". Glad everyone is doing well. I'm also doing well, just bought a new house and will be moving in a few weeks. I'm excited and looking forward to moving on. Take care of your beautiful family.

Linda THE Tiger, aka Linda Dixon

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 08:23 AM

Congradulations on the new baby boy. Blessings and health to you and your family.

Susan F

Thursday, February 21, 2013 10:55 AM

Happy Birthday Jimmy on your one year. Time sure does fly by after surgery. On the 19th I just hit 5 months. Doesn't seem that long. Everyday gets better.

Linda H and Elsie AVR 9/19/12

Jimmy says in response,
"Thanks...Hope you are feeling stronger and stronger!!


Thursday, February 21, 2013 08:20 AM

Great update, way to go Jimmy. I echo Jeff's comments. So fast, yet so slow. It still is all so mind boggling for me.

Glad you and the rest of our "class" is doing so well. That said, my thoughts continue to be with the families of those that have passed in the last year. I remain humbled by them.

Stay strong!

- Mitch Friedman

Jimmy says in response,
"Thanks Mitch!! I am also humbled..


Wednesday, February 20, 2013 06:18 PM

Awesome Jimmy! Hard to believe where we were a year ago. What a difference a year makes. It's gone so quick yet seems so slow at the same time. I wish you the best of luck always. Keep us posted on you, the family and the new child on the way.

Jeff Shebovsky

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 09:42 AM

Keep on Ticking Jimmy!

You surprised me. I cannot believe it's been a year. I clearly remember when you went in, and when you started posting after. It really brings it home that in another month, it will be a year for me also!! Wow.

I am thrilled that your experience has been incredibly positive -- those boys need a STRONG role model and now you have the performance upgrades to really make that a reality!!

Go Man Go!!

Chuck H.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 08:34 AM

What's up brother!!!!!! Amazing what a difference a year makes. Sometimes I have to remind myself that we had OHS. Then, I come here after not checking in for awhile, and all the emotions come crashing back. Like I read your update, and it feels like it happened yesterday. All seems so real and so current.

Very psyched to hear all the hearts in your family are doing well. Hope your wife is feeling good these days. Wow, 3 boys and another one on the way. Maybe you two should stop trying and just adopt a girl! LOL.

All good with me. Scheduling my 1 year follow-ups, then will post again when I get the results. But, hey, I know I am good. Training for my second marathon (in March) since surgery. Life is good for us all.

Take care my valve brother.

-Mitch Friedman

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 08:10 PM

Hi Jimmy! Good to hear the update and that all is going well. How exciting to have 4 boys!!! My thoughts will be with all of you as you approach the last trimester! I'm glad that the echo was okay, isn't it awesome what you can see with today's technology?! I, too, appreciate this site and the support and encouragement everyone offers. I keep coming back to it, we're like family!!!

Let us know when # 4 arrives!!

Holly P

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 05:33 PM

Hey Jimmy, So glad to hear all is good for the whole family. You were saying about your scars. My Grand daughter says my daughter and I are twins cause we have the same scar except mine is a lot bigger than hers. Kids are funny. Im doing pretty good. Still have a little pain, just the healing process but tolerable. Enjoying rehab. Will miss it when its done, but I guess we all do. Good luck on the new one coming. Until later.

Linda H and Elsie AVR 9/19/12

Jimmy says in response,
"Thanks Linda!! Glad you are doing well. It took almost 11 months for the nerves to return 95% normal. It's good to look in to have it behind us.


Sunday, January 6, 2013 02:10 PM


It is awesome to read your blog. I am flying from Denver to NC,Duke, to have AVR. I wanted to know how you decided on tissue valve and what was the average span they gave you before failure of it. I have been told in me 38 yo male average 7-10 years also was your aorta dilated at all? All and any help would be greatly appreciated.

Alex Vigil

Jimmy says in response,
"Hi Alex, I am in NC and live about 90 to 120 mins from Duke. I went to the hospital I went to because all my research suggested that duke is great for really tough procedures. Believe it or not AVR is pretty common. I chose Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte because of its association with the Cleveland Clinic. The Doc I had (Dr. Andrews) is one of the best and when I met him I knew he was the right surgeon. So I was luck to do it locally to have the support of my family and friends to visit. You can't go wrong with Duke either.

My Aorta was not dilated. I also was able to get the mini vs being opened all the way up. Good luck. let me know if you want and clues as to what to expect once you get into the hospital. Also don't worry about the Heart Cath..You will be sore a few days after but it's not a big deal.


Monday, November 5, 2012 12:22 PM

Way to go bro! Love that you are leading a boring life filled with football playoffs, pregnancy, and holidays. The way it should be!!!! Great to hear from you. Be well.

-Mitch Friedman

Jimmy says in response,
"Thanks bro!! I am loving the boring life!! Hope all is well with you!


Friday, August 24, 2012 09:13 PM

Wow seems as tho every one got to you before i did jimmy. Great news. Congrats

Dont chime in as often - as we all known it has become a non event. I feel great - life is good. So happy for yoi

Stay well. Nancy friedman 2/9/12

Friday, August 24, 2012 11:33 AM

Congrats!! That is such wonderful news!! Babies are such a blessing. So happy for you and the family. Janis Kielbasa

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 06:40 PM

You are a very lucky man Jimmy!!

I wish you all the best. You already have a beautiful family and it's about to get just a bit more so!

Congratulations Bro!

Chuck Holmgreen

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 09:43 AM

Hey Jimmy, Congrats on the news. That is wonderful. Are the kids excited? It doesn't seem like it has been 6 months since your surgery. How time does fly and I am still here but getting a whole lot closer. Can't wait to experience the other side of this mountain.

Mooving on up

LInda H

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 09:20 AM

Way to go Jimmy!!! Congrats to you guys!! Btw...I have identical twin boys...found out at the first ultrasound! Their big brother was 20mths old when they were born....crazy times!!!

Glad to see you doing so well....really makes me happy. Thanks for your note in my guestbook too.

Take care man!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012 08:04 AM

Awesome!!!!! Congratulations!!!!! Glad to see everything still works. LOL! Life is indeed good brother.

-Mitch Friedman

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