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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  The disease is no longer active in Liz’s body, but her arteries have remained permanently narrowed causing her to have high blood pressure and some areas of compromised blood flow.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.

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TJ Yerdon posted a new journal entry, "One Year".

A year ago tonight (Friday February 1st, 2013), Liz told me “I love you” one last time.  At the time, I had no clue that this would be our final conversation ... Read more

Norma Kruger 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

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

Sue Yeigh signed Liz's Guestbook.

TJ: What a great tribute to a wonderful person, wife and mother. You, the Girls and all of LIz's family will be in the front of our minds on this very difficult day. God ... Read more

LeAnn Kuper signed Liz's Guestbook.

Dear TJ, You and Liz had a wonderful bond together with The Good Lord that very few married couples have. Thankyou for sharing your touching story again on this one year ... Read more

Vickie Westra signed Liz's Guestbook.

TJ,  Liz loved you and the girls so much and you loved her and took such good care of her.  It has been a very hard year and a half on all of our family.  God in His ... Read more

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