Hey guys! This is my first post, still learning the layout of the site. I guess I should start by saying I was born with aortic stenosis & have a bicuspid valve. Dealing with this young means I couldn’t play Competitive sports or be as active as I’d like. Before my angiogram at 16, I really didn’t even know what it was like to feel “normal”. As a child & young teen, I used to get up from the couch & run up the stairs when mom would call for dinner, & pass out at the top of the steps. It didn’t phase me; I thought it was normal to get short of breath, or be dizzy & disoriented (to an extent) while exercising. I am now 23 & have a Ross procedure on July 13th. This will be my first open heart surgery, & I feel a range of emotions. First off, I want to say I am blessed to be able to receive this treatment. As a kid I looked at this as a huge scary thing that there was no way to get around, but now I see it as more of an opportunity for a better quality of life. With the surgical option presented to me, I will still be able to skateboard, Coumadin free. Although I am still very nervous for recovery, it is comforting to be able to share my unfolding story with you all & read about others who can relate.