Mended Hearts Open Forum

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  • 1.  Introduction

    Posted 04-23-2019 19:10 name is Jody Skipper and I am a 64 year old female with Congestive Heart Failure and AFIB.  On April 5, 2019, I had a TAVR at University of Alabama Birmingham.  I told all the nurses I was famous because I had the same surgery on the same day as Mick Jagger (of course they were too young to even know who he is).  I am a retired (40 years) Secondary U.S. History teacher.  I had Hodgkins Lymphoma in 1993 with radiation treatment and Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2004 with both chemo and radiation treatment.  Now I am living with the damage to my heart from the radiation treatment...but if I hadn't had the radiation the cancer would have killed me.  I am happy to find a group that is all about Mending Hearts...thank you for allowing me to join.

    Jody Skipper
    Abbeville AL

  • 2.  RE: Introduction

    Posted 04-24-2019 08:11
    Welcome to the group, Jody.  Out of all the issues that people have raised on this board since I joined nearly a year ago, nothing is scarier than what you just said about people being too young to know about Mick Jagger.  As a history teacher, though, I'm sure you can tell us many stories about kids having no clue about major events in US history.

    Glad to have you join us.


    Ira Reid
    Hoboken NJ

  • 3.  RE: Introduction

    Posted 04-24-2019 08:36
    Welcome to the group.

    Sorry to hear all that you have gone through.

    I think you will find great support from the group. Hang in there.


    annette smith
    saxonburg PA

  • 4.  RE: Introduction

    Posted 04-25-2019 07:57
    Welcome Jody to this amazing group. I had my aortic valve replace 11/1/2012 wish I could have waited for the TAVR. But I am doing wonderful with my ONYX mechanical valve I cannot complain. This group has helped me through a lot of difficult times and answered a lot of questions.

    Pamela Hardebeck
    Mended Hearts Chapter 78
    Indianapolis, Indiana

    Pamela Hudson
    Indianapolis IN
    (317) 442-7393