For weeks I have been lurking on this site, reading of both your individual courage and your encouraging thoughts. Both have been a tremendous help to me. This week I left Wisconsin where I had numerous conflicting recommendations on whether or not to have surgery and decided to come to Cleveland Clinic. I have not one outward symptom and exercise and eat what and when I want. After days of testing and appointments, my cardiac team called a few hours ago to recommend surgery. Tomorrow morning at 5am I will have surgery with Dr. Gillinov. I hope for minimally invasive surgery and I hope for repair. I trust my team and hope that I remember the strength of so many of you who have gone before me(Tom, Jack, Rachel, Brenda, Bob and so many others) so that I too can look back and offer encouraging words to someone who feels the anxiety I feel tonight.