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My Story

Joe's story is too long to fit here so you can read it in the journal! 



Hello everyone, I have created this website to try to keep everyone informed of Joe's progress towards recovery. Please keep the questions to a minimum. I will post information as I receive it and do my best to keep everyone informed. Please keep Joe and our family in your hearts and prayers during this difficult time. ThanksJoseph’s story actually starts with his dad. In unusual circumstances Dan found out in May that he had a very bad mitral valve. His doctor gave him a 40 -60% chance for a repair so we were expecting it had to be replaced instead. We had to make a decision about biological or mechanical valve. So we went into surgery in June prepared. Surgery, about 4 or 5 hours tops. Dan was in and out of the hospital in four days. Piece of cake! At that time we also found out that this faulty valve could be caused by genetics and we were advised to get our children checked out. We were in the process of making appointments at the Alaska Heart Institutes “Healthy Heart Check-up”. Before we could get these lined up Joseph’s journey began!

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Sherran Heberr posted a new journal entry, "The Cloak".

Today is July 22, 2013. It has been one full year since we last had a "normal" day. Our lives changed forever on July 23, 2012- the last day that Joseph was ... Read more

barbara underwood signed Joe's Guestbook.

I miss u as much today as the day u left us boy. U are in my heart and memory on this day,tomorrow and every day from now on. Merry Christmas buddy. How I wish I were ... Read more

barbara underwood signed Joe's Guestbook.

It seems like just yesterday that joe left us. Will my heart ever heal again. I miss the boy so much. And feel so bad for his family that misses him so. I know he wouldn't ... Read more

Svetlana Reid signed Joe's Guestbook.

(continued) After all, God gave His only Son so that humanity can be saved, so He knows how you feel. I think there is comfort in knowing that God doesn’t do anything ... Read more

Svetlana Reid signed Joe's Guestbook.

Dear Sherran, In response to your post today, please know that others do actually cry with you. I hardly know Joe or your family, except for Dan (we work in ... Read more

Sherran Heberr posted a new journal entry, "Phone home".

Chris upgraded her phone yesterday. This morning she asked me to call her to see if her distinctive rings transferred. They did. I asked her to set my phone up the same ... Read more

Sherran Heberr posted a new journal entry, "Brother is with me".

Sent to me by Chris this morning, felt it was something i needed to share. "I was just so upset in the bathroom, thinking do u know how I live every second of my ... Read more

chris hebert posted a new journal entry, "Amazing chain of events...".

I have to share, I'm afraid if I don't write this all down now I will forget some of the details of this beautiful day... Where do I begin? Last night I was up very late ... Read more

chris hebert posted a new journal entry, "Orion's Belt".

At 16 and 18 my brother and I sat out on our little back deck. It was a spring night, when it's still getting dark enough to see the stars, and I was already knew I ... Read more

Sherran Heberr posted a new journal entry, "Heart".

From July 23rd 2012 when Joseph waved to us as he headed to surgery until December 13th 2013, I have taken pictures. Every single day, every procedure, every setback, ... Read more

Sherran Heberr posted a new journal entry, "Support".

For some reason this week has been especially difficult for Dan, Chris, and I. If we even make eye contact with each other one of us will begin to cry. It doesn't help ... Read more

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