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!