Patricia posted a note for Christopher that says:
Hi Chris, You have had a long wait to get to this point where the surgery is over. What a relief ! I had the same surgery in Nov and am 72 and pushing through recovery. My husband is a good ole Ohio boy and you guys are tough. If a gray haired granny can do it, you can too. We both wish you the best in your recovery. Keep looking forward.
Virginia Heyne posted a note for Christopher that says:
Chris - You are being prayed for daily. I love the humor you’re including in your updates - the real you.....love it! Praying your tests are all good and the hunger pains don’t get the best of you. The caffeine withdrawal, on the other hand, will be ugly, but hang in there! Love you!!
Tom McDonald posted a note for Christopher that says:
Your diagnosis sounds like a carbon copy of mine. With mine i have stenosis (narrowing /calcification) of the valve my heart murmer was never detected until about 10 years ago during a routine physical exam. I'm sure it was there thou. Things started getting worse for me around 2016 when I was 50 years old. Went for second opinion at the Mayo clinic in Rochester MN and bicuspid aortic valve stenosis was confirmed. Since the diagnosis i have been monitoring yearly. This years testing January 2019 has moved me into the mod /severe category. My cardio has recommended valve replacement surgery in the next 3-6 months. Mechanical valve, blood thinners for life. Lots to digest. This site, in the short time that I have been part of, has helped me immensely with coping. Im glad I found it.
Chris, I wish you nothing but the best in your journey.
Brady Torres posted a note for Christopher that says:
Hi Christopher - me too! I have had a heart-murmur all my life - a mitral valve prolapse. However, I have a tri-cuspid valve that got 30 days of RADIATION directed right at it due to my CANCER diagnosis 30 years ago.....I had four cancerous tumors inside my chest - one wrapped around my AORTIC VALVE....based on the size of the tumors I was 18 months into the process of DYING FROM CANCER back in 1988. However, thanks to miracles and modern science: surgery,chemo, radiation, I survived 30 years PAST the predicted back then Date of my DEATH. Needless to say, I "hear" what it means to say you've been in a blur.....yes, SHOCK..... We all need good-luck and support from family and friends as we cope with our circumstances... And I wish you and me the BEST of LUCK moving forward. We CAN COPE....Thanks again to Adam Pick for designing this heartVALVESurgery online community.