Jun 26
JPC13
JPC13 , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

My Story

I suffered with heart disease, Cardiomyopathy, for 15 years. As a last resort I was placed on the Heart Transplant List at Stanford Hospital. In January 2005 my condition became critical. I was given 7 maybe 10 days to live! Fortunately, after 2 days a matching heart was found.At the age of 73 1/2 I became the oldest person in Stanford Hospital history to receive a heart transplant.

My present health is very good. This past April, at the age of 85, I completed my sixth Half Marathon walking race. In 2011 I set the event record for 80 year olds. I am currently in 2 studies at Stanford. My motto is "carpe diem, pay it forward".
7 Comments
  • purple heart
    purple heart,
    Congratulations !
  • offthewall
    offthewall,
    Thank you for a very encouraging post!! I will remember - it is not over until it's over!) Bev
  • Leslie
    Leslie,
    You are amazing, good job and bug hug, Leslie
  • Wdoml
    Wdoml,
    Finally a great story.
  • Bevrly
    Bevrly,
    A great story. Keep up the good work. I am also 85 and I go to the YMCA 3 days a week and work out on 8 machines and also do 1 hour of aqua zumba which I really enjoy. I also still mow my lawn (about an acre) and do all of my own housework and cooking. I feel so much better after my workout at the Y. I feel that if God is going to let me live I need to try and stay healthy. Wishing you many more years. Beverly
  • AHA Ambassador Mark
    AHA Ambassador Mark,
    My sincere congratulations to JPC and Beverly for reminding all of us as heart patients that we are never too old to take an active role in our heart health and well being. So much of heart disease is lifestyle related and it is inspiring to hear how active, vital and independent JPC and Beverly are even in their later years. Their activity levels would challenge many 20-30 year-olds unfortunately. Keep up the great work you two and here's to a continued happy and healthy life! MarkR
  • User99172
    User99172,
    Less your soul!!! That's awesome!!!
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