Hi, Chris my name is Tom I am a survivor of (3) open heart surgeries. I was 41 (4) children 12, 5 and 3 year old twins, when I had to have aortic valve replacement, 17 days later I was back in surgery having Mitral valve replacement, my hospital stay was 89 yes 89 days. I went through all of the emotion that you are feeling now. Trust me you need to takes it one step at a time and you will continue to improve and feel better every month. I now have had a 3rd valve replacement and a "quad bypass" (8) years ago 49 day stay, a stent & a ICD installed since my original surgeries. Keep the faith my children are now 47,35 & the twins are33. I am now 71 years old still working full time, I have tried retirement twice and it hasn't worked for me. I volunteer with Mended Hearts and continue to move forward. Stay positive, keep moving, and stay healthy and you too can get old and gray like me.
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