Patient Stories Blog - Page 5

By Adam Pick

“Happy Anniversary!” To Robert Following Bicuspid Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery

By Adam Pick on August 9, 2012

I wanted to extend a big “Happy Anniversary!” to Robert Anderson from Groton, Massachusetts. As you can read in his note below, Robert had a congenital bicuspid aortic valve that needed to be replaced. Here is more from Robert about his journey and his celebration:

Continue reading this post »

Patient Update: 5 Years After Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery, Jim Is ‘Not Putting Things Off’

By Adam Pick on August 3, 2012

My inbox continues to receive success stories from patients all over the world — especially after Theresa’s recent post.

Continue reading this post »

Denise and Connie, Heart Valve Journals Sisters, Connect At Cleveland Clinic

By Adam Pick on July 20, 2012

First, it was Jim and Jeff at Mount Sinai. Then, it was Cheryl and the Florida Valve Reunion. Next, it was Tom and Trent at The Heart Hospital. This time, it’s Denise and Connie at the Cleveland Clinic.

Continue reading this post »

Guest Blog: Deb Offers A Spouse’s Perspective On Heart Valve Surgery

By Adam Pick on June 29, 2012

In addition to talking with patients, I’m often afforded the privilege of speaking with their caregivers. Over the past several months, I’ve been trading emails and chatting on the phone with Deb. Her husband, Fred, was recently diagnosed with a severely leaking mitral valve.

Continue reading this post »

Tom & Trent Connect at The Heart Hospital After Mitral Valve Repair, Maze Procedure and Seroma

By Adam Pick on June 26, 2012

It continues to amaze me how Heart Valve Journals is connecting patients online and offline.

Continue reading this post »

Kato Celebrates Her 95th Birthday, Thanks To The MitraClip

By Adam Pick on June 23, 2012

Over the years, I have been fortunate to meet several extraordinary patients. One such patient is Kato Pomer from Los Angeles, California.

Continue reading this post »

Little Darth Vader, Max Page, Recovering From Pulmonary Valve Replacement Surgery

By Adam Pick on June 22, 2012

I just learned that Max Page, the 7-year old actor who played ‘Little Darth Vader’ in a viral Volkswagen commercial, is recovering from pulmonary heart valve replacement surgery.

Continue reading this post »

Are You Ready To Be Inspired?

By Adam Pick on June 4, 2012

There are no words for what you are about to see… For what is about to occur…

Continue reading this post »

Community Question: “When Will The ‘Voice of Doubt’ Go Away?” Asks Stephanie

By Adam Pick on May 23, 2012

Earlier today, I spent some time at Heart Valve Journals, our online community. While there, I read an interesting question posted by Stephanie Cole, who had mitral valve replacement surgery on March 16, 2012.

Continue reading this post »

Enhanced Website Feature: Your Patient Success Stories!

By Adam Pick on May 21, 2012

Over the years, I’ve received hundreds of success stories from patients and caregivers within our community.

Continue reading this post »

In Memory of Cindy Pastrano, Wife and Mother

By Adam Pick on May 18, 2012

I am very, very, very sad to report that Cindy Pastrano, a fellow patient from San Antonio, Texas, recently passed away.

Continue reading this post »

In Florida, Heart Valve Surgery Buddies Gather To Celebrate Life

By Adam Pick on March 21, 2012

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

Continue reading this post »

With A “Top 10 Heart Song List” and Jeff Shebovsky By His Side, Jim Readies For His 2nd Mitral Valve Repair

By Adam Pick on March 12, 2012

There is not a day that goes by in which I am not inspired by you – the patients and caregivers of this community.

Continue reading this post »

In Memory of Kelly

By Adam Pick on March 2, 2012

When starting a post like this, I don’t really know what to say… Or, how to say it.

Continue reading this post »

Nancy, Jeff and Mitch Inspire Each Other With A “Thumbs Up” Before, During & After Heart Valve Surgery!

By Adam Pick on February 7, 2012

When I created Heart Valve Journals, I didn’t know if anyone would actually use it. Now, a few years later, I am amazed at how patients and caregivers are using this social network to support each other through heart valve surgery.

Continue reading this post »

Today, My Thoughts Are With Kelly & Mitch

By Adam Pick on February 2, 2012

Over the past few months, many patients and caregivers in our community have been fortunate to meet Kelly Nugent and Mitch Friedman at Heart Valve Journals, our social network.

Continue reading this post »

Meet Mitch, Our Newest “Featured Patient” At Heart Valve Journals

By Adam Pick on January 23, 2012

I’m amazed by how fast Heart Valve Journals, our social network for patients and caregivers, continues to grow. I’m also very touched by the stories shared within this caring community.

Continue reading this post »

After Aortic Valve Replacement, Sylvia Continues On As “Mrs. Claus”

By Adam Pick on December 15, 2011

Receiving updates from former patients is a great way to start the day. That said, I just heard from Sylvia Woolworth. You might recall that Sylvia, 76, had aortic valve replacement two years ago. (To learn more about aortic valve replacement, click here.)

Continue reading this post »

Newest Community Post

Fred says, "One week from today I’ll have a mini-"
Read more

Craig says, "Wow! What a journey and thrilled to be"
Read more

Lisa says, "Got my hospital stuff today, my date"
Read more

Find Heart Valve Surgeons

Search 1,500 patient-recommended surgeons