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Welcome to Liz's CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep everyone updated during Liz's surgery and recovery. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement for Liz as she goes through this journey.   

When Liz was 9 years old she developed a disease called Takayasu’s Arteritis which caused her arteries to narrow in various spots throughout her body.  As a result of serious narrowing of her aorta, Liz had a synthetic aortic bypass placed from her heart to above her kidneys when she was 12 years old.  A few years later they revised her bypass from above her kidneys to below her kidneys to help improve blood flow through her body.  The disease is no longer active in Liz’s body, but her arteries have remained permanently narrowed causing her to have high blood pressure and some areas of compromised blood flow.  Over the last 18 years Liz has remained relatively healthy, but in May doctors found that Liz’s aortic bypass has an aneurysm in it.  As a result of the aneurysm, the doctors have decided to replace the bypass with a new synthetic bypass from near her heart to below her kidneys.  The old bypass will be tied off and left in her body since it will be too difficult to remove after being in her body for so many years.  The new bypass will be placed down the center of her chest.  With this procedure doctors hope to improve Liz’s shortness of breath, fatigue, and blood flow to her organs.  Liz has been seeing Dr. McPhail, a vascular physician at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, over the last 8 years.   He has referred her to surgeons and other specialists at Mayo, who as a team, will be involved with her care.  Thanks to everyone for your prayers and support as our family goes through this process.


TJ Yerdon posted a new journal entry, "2 Years Already".

Sunday marks two years since Liz had surgery.  The nightmare of her first week in the hospital feels like yesterday, but the memories of Liz being healthy days before ... Read more

Harlan Temple signed Liz's Guestbook.

TJ we continue to pray for you and your family all the time and certainly have not forgotten you.Sending love and prayers. Read more

Jo Westra signed Liz's Guestbook.

I have started this post three times now....I wish there were the perfect thoughts or words to help you but thoughts and words don't do much.  Other than to let you know ... Read more

Jerica Sieperda signed Liz's Guestbook.

I miss her all the time. She was really on my mind yesterday in fact. We keep praying for you and Vickie, Joel, Ben, Joey and the girls every night, and once when ... Read more

TJ Yerdon added a new photo.

TJ Yerdon added a new photo.

Norma Kruger (from Milbank, hometown Lennox) signed Liz's Guestbook.

I just read your Feb. 1 posting today and want to thank you for sharing so openly. I was truly blessed!With prayers for you and your daughters, Read more

Connie Cole signed Liz's Guestbook.

TJ - You and your family are amazing and you all have given so much to all of us that have followed your story. My prayers continue for You, Lily and Leah, Joel and Vicki ... Read more

Dan Norfolk signed Liz's Guestbook.

I can't imagine your struggle amidst all the pain. I pray your hope in Christ makes putting one foot infont of the other this year easier with each passing day. Praying ... Read more

cherie ortman signed Liz's Guestbook.

TJ your story yesterday was a time stopper.  I pray that the time you devote, not just to remember, but to commit all to God, will bless you in your deepest places of ... Read more

Lane & Julie Jervik signed Liz's Guestbook.

TJ and girls and all your family- We think of you often and remember you with prayers. Hoping that wonderful memories and God's help will give you strength to live life to ... Read more

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