It's good to meet you. I know there are LOTS of questions to answer before surgery, but take your time and do your homework! There is a perfect valve for you , and a perfect surgeon to do the surgery. All you need to do is find them. ;-)
Make yourself a list of all the reasons you have to get better - and then approach everything with a positive attitude.
keep us informed! I ALSO went through looking at hospitals, drs., etc... did change my cardio, i am happy i did (well, i hope i'll be happy) it is a scary process. I'm taking it day by day.....good luck to you too!!