Yep! That’s Mitch Running A Half-Marathon After Aortic Valve Replacement!

By Adam Pick on February 2, 2013

Since launching this website 6 years ago, Mitch Friedman has stood out as an extraordinary members of patient and caregiver community. As many of you know, Mitch has provided both on-line and off-line support to many, many, many patients searching for answers and guidance about heart valve surgery.

Today is Mitch’s first anniversary from aortic valve and root replacement surgery. That said, I would like to take a moment to thank Mitch for all of his help, his time, his encouragement and all of his wonderful support to the patients and caregivers who visit this website.

 

Mitch Friedman's Heart Surgery JourneyMitch Friedman – Aortic Valve Replacement Patient

 

It’s no surprise to me that Mitch is taking advantage of his “Second-Chance” at life. So you know, Dr. Leonard Girardi performed the successful aortic valve replacement and aortic root replacement surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center.

As you can see above, Mitch has dedicated himself to running. In a recent note, Mitch wrote to me, “I hope all is well with you and your family. I am doing very well. I could not be better. I am training for my second half marathon since surgery. My first half marathon was 8 months post-op. My second half-marathon will be in March — just 13 months following my heart valve replacement. So yeah, things are good with me.”

Keep on tickin’ and runnin’ Mitch!

Adam


Written by Adam Pick
- Patient & Website Founder

Adam Pick is a heart valve patient and author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery. In 2006, Adam founded HeartValveSurgery.com to educate and empower patients. This award-winning website has helped over 10 million people fight heart valve disease. Adam has been featured by the American Heart Association and Medical News Today.

Adam Pick is a heart valve patient and author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery. In 2006, Adam founded HeartValveSurgery.com to educate and empower patients. This award-winning website has helped over 10 million people fight heart valve disease. Adam has been featured by the American Heart Association and Medical News Today.


Sara says on February 2nd, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Awesome Mitch – what an inspiration! I have an upcoming surgery, I hope to have a success story like yours!!!



Janis Kielbasa says on February 2nd, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Mitch, Awesome! Your zest, humor and determination through this journey has been inspiring to me and others. Continued blessings and good health, my friend.

Janis Kielbasa



Chris Dixon says on February 2nd, 2013 at 6:41 pm

So proud of you Mitch. I’ll never forget you and your beautiful mother coming to visit me at Mt. Sinai last year during my Ross Procedure. You’re very special to me and my whole family. Congratulations on all your success brother.

Big Hugs,

Chris Dixon



DVB says on February 3rd, 2013 at 9:29 am

Monstrous!

Mitch my man, you are living proof that anything is possible after heart surgery. Especially when going with that fixed up heart are attitude, love, commitment, and service. And the way you have touched and helped others must be a personal joy that you carry with you every day.

Like +1, 5-stars, high-five, gold medal winner, first place trophy. My hat is off to you — DVB



Ricky(a female) says on February 3rd, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Congrats Mitch.Keep up the good work and keep tickin……..



peggyann doak says on February 23rd, 2013 at 12:19 pm

being athletic before i could not anymore due to my arotic valve disfuntion, this photo means a great deal to me! I want to climb the mountains I used to climb, ride spirited horses used to ride, bike fifty miles with friends, run without turning purple and dance and dance. thankyou mitch


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