Hey Dan, great news on the surgery. I'm 9 days post op from a MVR. I'm hoping your condition never deteriorates, however if it does, two things to consider (I) an open heart procedure is not required, mine was a mid-cab robotic repair and my recovery has been much better than an open would be and (ii) the waiting part of the procedure is far worse then the procedure itself. Good luck! Cheers, Charlie
Regarding the April 17 post: great news; glad to hear that you may never need surgery. I love Frances Chan; haven't read any of his books but have heard him talk. We will keep praying for you....thanks for the updates....Rick
Dan, Thanks for sharing!!! You are one intelligent guy making well informed decisions. Does make you wonder and worry about the people who are not so intelligent and just assume that the professional is always right. I enjoy reading your updates. Again, thanks for sharing!!!
Hi Dan: thanks for the updates. I will be praying for you throughout this entire ordeal. You have the right attitude when you say you will make the best decision and leave it up to God. Too bad U of M couldn't pull it off last night. Looks like they have a bright future. Talk to ya later....Rick Laven
Dan - glad to hear that there is some wiggle room in the diagnosis and that surgery may not be needed in the immediate future. These surgeries are truly life-saving and amazing, but they do come with risks inherent to any major surgery. No point in going into them without adequate preparation and forethought! Good luck and keep us posted on your progress and diagnoses! Sherry Bradford AVR 10/23/2012
I'm sorry I missed you on Easter, but I am very encouraged by your second opinion and status report!! Keep us posted and we still need to get together! Although I think I will be working all of April so it will have to be a Saturday or evening or wait until May.
I'm proud of the way you're tackling this 'bump in the road' head-on and proud to call you a friend for almost 40 years. To say that you're in our prayers would be an understatement.
The care at U of M is outstanding and getting another opinion at Mayo is a great idea. Since we live in Minneapolis, we are more than happy to help in any way we can while you are here. If you need a place to stay...or a ride to Mayo...or just a familiar face when you get into town. Please let us know.
I just want to say "welcome" and send some encouragement your way. I am 3 weeks post surgery. I am 42 and was diagnosed with severe Mitral Valve Regurgitation last October. I too had no symptoms but looking back I think I was feeling tired and started running to try to build up endurance. I ended up having both Mitral and Tricuspid valves repaired successfully. Three weeks out is amazing. Every single day has been better than the previous.
The pre surgery anxiety is tough. There will be lots of emotions that come with this, but that's not bad. God will give you the strength you need and will help you with all of that. Praying for your family - He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:29-31 NKJV)
Please feel free to come by my journal, and email me if you have any questions that we may be able to help you with. Praying also for you to see clearly which path to surgery you should take.
Christopher just emailed us about your heart surgery. We are so sorry to hear this news, especially after what your wonderful family has already been through these past couple of years. We will pray for you and for your doctors that they will bring all their knowledge and skills to your surgery. We have loved you since childhood, and we hope for a very successful recovery for you. Thank you for sharing through this journal so that we can learn of your progress. Love to all of you.
Ken and Anita J.
You and your brothers have always been so positive and upbeat and just a joy to be around. Whether you know it or not you've been part of some of my favorite memories. There's a lot more yet to come, so now is the time to put that positivity to work. You are absolutely doing the right thing. God bless you as you meet this new challenge!
All good thoughts and wishes for you and your family. I hope to follow your progress closely all the way up to a full recovery. You are a great guy and you deserve the very best. Get well and keep me posted!!!
Dan, I just learned of your heart issue, and I am sending love and support and good vibes to you and your family. You are one of the favorites in my life, full of positive energy and a big laugh and an incredible attitude about life. This must be a very difficult time for you and we are here if you need us. All will be well, and please keep us in the loop. Love, Jeannine
Dan, You know that Bob and I will be praying for you and Mary as you go through this physical challenge. It is the uncertainties of life that really show us how much we trust God. I know you and Mary will grow in Him as you go through this together. We will be happy to do ANYTHING you need help with - just let us know. Bob and Kathy
Hey buddy – It never ceases to amaze me at how well-informed you make yourself and how thoughtfully you approach challenging situations. You are a true inspiration and a special person whom I am so proud to have in my life. I know this web outlet will be a great way for you to deal with this situation, but it’s also very considerate and thoughtful way to keep us (your friends and loved ones) informed. I know it must be hard to find the time as a busy/working husband & father. As always, I and my family will keep you in our thoughts and prayers and I look forward to you overcoming this challenge. I’m thankful that you have control over the situation and are getting great care. Love - Daniel
Dan! We are rooting for you, and wishing you all and every success with the procedures ahead. Jill and me think of you often with fondness and much love in our hearts. Our best to you and your family. Stay strong. We know you will.
Love as always from Fred and Jillxx
Gib! I love you and am rooting for you. You are such a fighter, a good person, a lovely man and you have so many friends...both in the midwest and out here who love you so much! Glad you are sharing this info publicly as it will definitely help others. I love you! C
Hi Dan. I had my MV repaired 4/11. Asymptomatic. Severe regurge. Sounds like you are doing the smart thing to get a repair done now. In fact, the smartest thing. With a repair now, before symptoms arise and while you are strong you are improving on already super odds. A successful repair restores normal life expectancy. Sure, the surgery is no picnic, but a few months down time is a good trade for 40+ more years, yes? It's normal to be anxious. Just focus on the enormous upside, which is overwhelmingly likely to happen. Read through my journal entries for ideas to manage your risks and recovery. Being proactive will help in the head game, Best to you, I know you'll be fine. -- DVB
My name is Michelle and I was told I needed surgery in January after a TEE to correct my Mitral Valve Prolapse/Regurgitation within the next 2-3 months. My husband and I were both stunned to say the least. This journey is scary and emotional and everything you are feeling is normal. My surgery is March 20, two days from now. Even though I've come to terms that I need this surgery I am still struggling with all the emotions. This site has been wonderful. You will discover that you are not alone with your feelings.
Oh Dan. It just broke my own heart to read this...I know you will be fine. You are such an inspiration to us- moving halfway back across the country to be with the one you love. You have always been one of the kindest and big-hearted guys I know. That is why you will sail through this surgery and recovery so you can keep spreading your wonderful energy in the world. Our hearts are with you, buddy. love~nik & jed