Gabbie Jones posted a note for Alexa that says:
Hey girl, I can not even tell you how nice it is to find someone close to my own age on here! I was just wondering how you worked on mentally preparing yourself for your surgeries? I'm having my first oph on the 31st of this month, and I'm terrified. I know waiting is the hardest part but I think I'm more freaked out about waking up after the surgery and being in pain. Any suggestions on overall healing or positivity boosters? Thank you :)
Briana Morgan posted a note for Alexa that says:
I enjoyed reading your story, Alexa! I too had a Ross procedure done by Dr. Stelzer. I flew all the way over to New York to have him do my operation. I didn't want to be on coumadin the rest of my life either. It is great to see you doing so well. I am getting close to three months since surgery and will be going back to work soon. I'm a bit nervous about that, but for the most part I feel pretty good.
Luke P posted a note for Alexa that says:
Was your 1st operation at NY Presbyterian? I had my aorta valve replacement don e there and fortunately everything went well. Glad to hear things are going better the second time around for you.
Dylan Florio posted a note for Alexa that says:
This is Dylan's mom. I haven't had a chance to read your journal which I intend to do. Dylan had a rough night last night and I told him about you. He seemed interested but of course what was going on with him drew his attention away. It would be great for you two to connect. I have to go for now but will be checking your journal first chance I get. I have added you to my prayer list sweetie pie!
Steven posted a note for Alexa that says:
Hi Alexa! I'm about your same age and have had the Ross procedure done before. It's a little scary at first but you will bounce right back and your life will to back to normal!
Elizabeth Devaney posted a note for Alexa that says:
Alexa! All my love....you are in the best hands with Dr Stelzer. I was so scared and many sleepless nights before my Ross in 2008. I found the waiting was the hardest part of my journey.....deciding on the Ross and waiting for the day....the morning of my surgery, I was calm and prepared....and when I woke....I was so happy it was over..... Dr Stelzer is an amazing surgeon and wonderful human being.....his kind eyes peering over his mask will forever be in my heart....when you wake....it will be over....and you will go on to fulfill all your dreams with a wonderful new heart....you are very strong....this journey will be simple compared to all you had been through....20 years ago I met you....and remember hearing that you had a murmur too.....you have always been very special to me....<3 Liz
Kathleen F. posted a note for Alexa that says:
Hi Alexa, I also had the Ross Procedure with Dr. Stelzer, a year and a half ago. Finding him and deciding to have the Ross as my valve replacement was the best decision I ever made, and I think you'll find the experience to be very different from your last surgery and recovery. All my best to you!
Rita Savelis posted a note for Alexa that says:
Hi Alexa, Just read your story and it sounds intense. It must be hard to be a young patient in the cardiac world. And it's normal to think of (and stress about) your past medical experience and surgery as you are faced with this upcoming one. But each experience is singular and new. Being able to have your valve(s) replaced with your own valve (Ross procedure) or repaired is really a good thing. Take care.