Hi my name is Renee Merrill I am 43 and I am facing arotic valve surgery but not right now... We want to wait until I can't take the side effects anymore. I am at high risk because of the amount of radiation I've had to my chest. I was also diagnosed with breast cancer last September. They believe the radiation was the cause. So now I'm just playing the waiting game for the valve surgery. With new they are not really worried about the surgery itself but the post op.. All due to the radiation. The death rate is high with patients such as my self. I just want to know if there are any patients out there like me who have had the dmsurgery and are doing well?! It would make me feel so much better to read their stories. Thank you! God bless!