Happy 2016 to all my heart heroes! My 9 year old artist thinks pig valves can let you fly! We celebrate the pig all over our house. Our special time in history lets us all keep "flying"!
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December 19, 2015
I ask for prayers for the family of my friend Jim. He had AVR just 9 months ago and sadly died of complications from Afib last week. His wife is having a very hard time this holiday season. We are all fighters, but the reality is always there.
Today I celebrate my 4th birthday of my second chance at life (AVR and aneurysm 12 /5/11). So grateful to all who have guided me on this journey. Ran an 8 miler in sunny Cleveland and heart couldn't be better. May you all have such happy anniversaries!
I received a Medtronic Freestyle AV (tissue valve). This is a nonstented valve. Essentially it is pure porcine (pig) and not fabricated from other tissues. I began light running 4-6 weeks after surgery and was putting in some heavier miles for me (>25/week) by 6 months. I ran several 5Ks in the first year and moved up to half marathons in the second. My first triathlons were in year two, along with an MS-100 bike ride. I had a set back in year three after getting hit by a car on my bike. I've battled through nonsurgical means of healing, but the fractured collarbone just wont heal. I was able to compete in 4 triathlons, a half marathon, and last weekends 10-miler; but tomorrow morning I go back to the OR for a complex repair, titanium plate, and bone graft. I strive to thrive and will persevere.
I am a 47 year old father, physician , athlete. I had OHS for bicuspid AV and ascending aortic aneurysm 4 years ago. Since then I have become more active and thankful for my second chance at life. My aneurysm was 6 cm at discovery, long past the wait and see size. I am lucky to be alive. Before my surgery, I was an average runner. Now I run almost every day. I have competed in half marathons, triathlons, 10Ks, and 5Ks. The diagnosis doesn't end the life you know, it inspires you to create a life of gratitude. We are all capable of more than we know. I was selected as a 2015 Medtronic Global Hero ,www.http:/Medtronic.com/global heroes/ . If you need inspiration, these are the people with the message. Every breath after heart surgery is a gift, embrace them all. The journey is not easy, but so worth it.