Maggie posted a note for Chuck that says:
I just read your entire journal and it brought me to tears...happy tears that is. I am 5 days away from my aortic valve replacement sugery. I only found out two weeks ago that I had severe aortic stenosis and would need this surgery. SO happy and inspired by your successful recovery and I am now so ready to do this. Congrats to you!!
Michelle Kitchens posted a note for Chuck that says:
Its so great to know that you're still doing well after your surgery. I hope things are going well for you and your beautiful family. Two years went by like two months. Here's to your continued health and success. :-)
I'm in the waiting period for surgery and you're right about it being the toughest part. Mark Twain once said, "If you have to swallow a frog, don't spend a lot of time looking at it." I've been looking at this frog (surgery) for about 6 weeks now and ready to swallow it and move on.
Your postings have really helped me focus on the recovery aspect of the process and to know there is a light at the end of this tunnel. A bright light! Thanks.
Hey Chuck, Good to hear from you again. Glad you are doing so good but hope your arm gets better. I have trouble with my right shoulder too. Its rotator cuff. I just put up with it, as long as I can use it. Yesterday I was 6 months out and feeling pretty good. Like you, I brag about how I can walk and do things without running out of breath. I still have a little pain but not much just the healing stuff. Life is so good.
LInda H and Elsie AVR 9/19/12
Happy first birthday to your valve!
Exciting and encouraging news- especially your 10 K run 106 days later...wow!
I am three weeks post surgery from MV and TV repairs and feeling great. Walking 1.25 miles at a clip. Healing is a wonderful gift!
Thanks for sharing your good news with us!
Glad to hear you're doing we'll. It's great seeing all the peopleI watched and worried with hit their one year anniversary! I still readtheentries on this site daily to remind me that if I hadn't had my heart fixed I may not be here at all. I feel so normal, I have to keep reminding myself it really happened. I guess that's a good thing!
hope your shoulder heals quickly. That's the problem with exercise...you have to do it to stay healthy, but you put your health at risk by doing it!
Im so happy for you. Im not sure if you remember me but I will celebrate my 1 year anniversary of AVR on May ,14th. I followed your blog going into the surgery, reached out to you post op and love your updates. This isa special community. Keep us posted. I just bought a treadmill and Im looking to do abetter job on my cardio training than Ive done so far.
Nice post Chuck, The reason you missed it by 2 days is because you are feeling so normal and time just flies by. You like me have just been waiting for so long and then bam. I forgot what normal is like. Im not looking at running anything but just want to keep up with my neighbor when we walk together. She is a fast walker and I always have to tell her wait up. Now I want it to be the other way around.
When Dr Dennis called the other day and told me all this news, I told him I would probably need some brain surgery as well to get all of this stuff out of there lol. Just a good cleansing. And I love nurses too. We get along pretty good. Esp Nurse Charles, we walked together. Asked him if he wanted to run but he turned me down. Good thing my wrist decided to start dripping all over the place. He was nice though. Until later.
Mooving on up
Yeah baby!!!! Way to go Chuck! Great post, could not have said it better. I still marvel at how "I did not have any symptoms" but feel so much better post op.
Hey, I have not posted about it yet, but wanted to share with you I am training for a half marathon in October. I needed an event to commemorate what we have been through and a half seems to fit the bill for me. When I run, I often think of you, Mr. Peachtree. You are an inspiration.
Keep feeling good my friend. Sure hope we meet one day.
Awesome Chuck! It's an amazing thing that we can feel this good. When people ask me I say "what surgery" and "its like it never happened". So great to see these posts from our special "first quarter of 2012" surgery group. Everyone is doing so well!
I remember you talking about this goal way before surgery and it's so great to see that you met your goal. Amazing what has transpired in a few short months! It gives me great joy to read this post. Keep up the great work and I look forward to meeting you in person in the very near future.
I am diggin' the shirt!
Growing up we were taught it was not polite to show off.....but in this case....Strut your stuff! Great advertisement for how to live life with this 2nd chance.....to the fullest..!!!
Congrats on the "Peachtree"....and most of all to your new & healthly life!
LOVE it Chuck! So great to meet HVJ peeps, for sure. I guess I have to skip the Union because I don't make the height minimum. Like the ride at the carnivals with the "you must be taller than this sign" sign. Dang!!!!
Life is indeed good. Be well. Sure hope we get to meet.
Great post and great to hear all is going well. I've met Nancy and Dick a couple of times too and they are great and it's great to meet our special friends that we've made here. I also have met Mitch, Chris, Jim and Jane. Amazing! For me, since I was asymptomatic going in, I don't see much of a change in my everyday activities. I'm glad to be fixed though and equally glad for a speedy and largely uneventful recovery. I have to tell you, I was in Atlanta last weekend for a wedding but was in and out so quick, unfortunately there was not time to set a meeting with you. Next time for sure or if you're in Orlando. I'm also going to try to plan that "union" for the fall. All the best to you.
Hi chuck, Hope all is of. Just wanted you to know that I did try calling your cell phone the other day but it was not in service. Maybe you can try my email at
firstname.lastname@example.org or my phone is
864 369-5068. Stephanie will be moving to Milledgeville and looks like they migt be living in Gray Ga. Thought you and your wife might know some good cardio doctors and regular doctors there for her.
I have an appointment in Greenville on 6/12 to see Ricki's doctor. Hope to get the answers I like. I feel good about it.
You take care and good luck going back to work.
For the long haul
Great update Chuck. Glad you are feeling great. Yes, it was nice being semi-retired, but all good things must come to an end. I found work really gets in the way of naps and nice long walks. But, alas, what can we do????? Take care, keep up the good work. How is the training for the Peachtree coming? - Mitch Friedman
Hi Chuck, Nice to see or read you on here. Glad everything is going good for you. This week I see my regular doctor and am going to tell him I want a second opinion. I am going to see the cardio Dr that Ricki told me about.
I am excited now my daughter who had OHS 3 years ago is going to be moving to Millageville Ga. Maybe you know of a good Cardio doctor for her. Hang in there
For the long haul
Just had an opportunity to read your journal, I'm a new member to the site, I really enjoyed your post, they're very inspiring, I'm having AVR in the near future, so it's encouraging to read experiences from others, please keep posting.
Way to go Chuck! You've done really well and I'm so happy for you. We are so very lucky to have gotten through this pretty much unscathed. I hope that one day in the future we can meet personally. I'd still like to plan a sort of "union" of the heart valve folks.