Joann Just Made My Day… My Year!

By Adam Pick on May 17, 2013

I really appreciate hearing from the patients and caregivers in our community. Your emails and your phone calls are beyond heart warming (pun intended). That said, I just received an update from Joann Heindorf, a 78-year old patient from Florida, that was simply… extraordinary.

 

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Joann Heindorf – Heart Valve Surgery Patient

 

Joann’s update came in the form of an envelope that was mailed to my home.

Within that envelope, I found two things.

First, I found a wonderful picture of Joann smiling (shown above). Second, to my surprise, I found an 11-page handwritten note from Joann that described her journey through a series of health-related events including two cardiac procedures. While Joann, who is the mother of 3 boys and 2 girls, was initially diagnosed with a heart murmur and mitral valve prolapse, her first procedure actually included a mitral valve replacement, an aortic valve replacement, a tricuspid valve repair and a double coronary artery bypass graft. Then, after all that, Joann needed a mitral valve re-operation.

 

 

As you can tell, Joann has been through a lot. I am touched, moved and inspired by her story, which was so wonderfully described in this letter. I can not thank Joann enough for taking the time to share her experience with me — which closed with the following words:

 

“Adam, thank you so much for your book. I hope you realize how your honesty helps so many heart surgery patients before-and-after their surgery. I wish I could give you a hug but since that is not possible, I will continue to pray for you and your family.” — Joann

 

Keep on tickin’ Joann!
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 The Wall Street Journal.

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 The Wall Street Journal.

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