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  1. Duffey

    17 years with my Edwards bovine

    They said it wouldn’t last, but seventeen years after AVR all is good with my Edwards Magna Perimount.
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    16 years with my bovine valve

    I just remembered that today is the 16th anniversary of my aortic valve replacement. I rarely think of it. My bovine valve is still working well, and getting 20 years out of it seems like a real possibility.
  3. Duffey

    Tobagotwo has died

    It is with great sadness that I share the news that Bob Hendricks, Tobagotwo on VR, has died following a five year battle with prostate cancer. He was a good friend and mentor to many facing valve replacement and his contribution to the reference material on this website is invaluable.
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    BDMc has passed

    Old time valve replacement members will be saddened to learn that Brian McCarter, BDMc, has died unexpectedly from a yet to be determined heart issue. Brian bore his many heart surgeries with grace and acceptance and was always there to support and help. May he Rest In Peace.
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    I claim ignorance in regards to editing my posts. Can you help?
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    To get the thread back on track

    I just reread the thread starter, perhaps more accurate to say Forum starter, from December, 2006. At that time I went by the member name, Mary. All information about Mary is forever lost, probably just as well, but the creator of The Order of the Tawdry Shirt is still listed, the one and only...
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    Just saying

    For what it's worth: I've been on VR a long time, and I have read some incredible stories. The relevant word as it pertains to this thread is INCREDIBLE. We had one who convinced the group that she committed suicide, and others who have run scams for money. They're usually not obvious when they...
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    BMDc's surgery on March 9, #5

    Brian underwent a heart Cath yesterday and his arteries are clear. Once he is in the OR Thursday and the surgeons see what they're facing, they'll decide whether they will try to repair and patch or if they will remove the present valve and graft and replace completely. Either way it will be a...
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    5th surgery possible for long time member

    BMDc, Brian to friends on VR, has asked that I post that he was rushed to Beth Israel Deaconess due to his heart failing. I am unsure what specific heart surgery looms, but he expects to know more after seeing the surgeon today. This would be number 5. Please keep a good thought or prayer that...
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    Keep njean in your prayers

    Norma's husband has let friends know that she has suffered a stroke and is unresponsive. Please keep them in your prayers.
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    How long has your present valve been implanted? Poll

    Recognizing that several members have had multiple replacements, I wanted to get an idea of the length of time member's have had with their current valve. This poll will ask you to mark whether your current valve is mechanical or non-mechanical and also mark the length of time since...
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    Met up with knightfan2691 Saturday, July 6

    Not only did we share a meal with Cort on our way home from WI, I sat in the backseat of his beloved car and was treated to a ride around Rochelle, IL!
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    Which one of your 4 valves has been replaced or will be replaced?

    I've seen a few threads and comments lately about which valves forum members have had replaced or will have replaced, so I thought I'd start an informal poll. I've included 4 options, but you can mark more than one if you've had multiple valves replaced. Feel free to include any comments that...
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    I forgot that today is my 8th valversary; easy to do the longer time passes!

    I was looking at the VR archives this morning, trying to find a thread regarding a former member, when I came across a thread I started the day I received my avr date. I scanned the thread, reading the various replies, and it was only later that I realized that today must be the anniversary of...
  15. Duffey

    Happy Birthday Cooker . . . . tomorrow!

    I'm getting an early start on the week-end and on wishing Cooker a Happy Birthday. Have a good one and keep on swinging, Chimp!:tongue2::tongue2:
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    Heart Valvers 2013 Pick'em Throwdown

    March Madness, 2013, is off and running! So far all members of our Heart Valvers have perfect brackets! Let's see how long that lasts!:wink2:
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    March Madness?

    Let me know if you'd like to join the fun with a VR March Madness group. Just add a reply to this thread, and we'll get going.
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    Happy birthday to Mike Marshall and Lynlw

    I don't know where you two are hanging out these days, but wherever it is, I hope it's somewhere great for birthday celebrations. Happy birthday!:smile2:
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    Cooker's Throwdown Friday 1-04-13

    I suppose you can see from the picture Cooker's shared from his vacation hideaway that the Chimp's AWOL for a few more days, and he has asked if I would start this week's thread. I haven't weighed, still too early to face the scales, :eek2: but I will and use that number as my new starting...
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    New Year Resolutions?

    Anyone have a New Year resolution (s) they'd like to share? I'm skipping my usual "healthy" goals and setting my sights on a return to playing the piano. It's been 40+ years since I spent serious time tickling the ivories, but I've reached a point where I have the time and resolve . . . I...