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“[The lung pillow] was such a nice gesture. It was something different that was his size and only for him.”
Jennifer Ashby has struggled with congenital heart defects since she was young, so she’s no stranger to its difficulties. But when her 18-month-old son had open heart surgery for Atrial Septal Defect and to tighten his […]
“I would literally panic if I misplaced [my pillow], left it in another room.”
On her way to a relaxing session at her regular nail salon, Gail’s life changed dramatically. A massive heart attack lead to bypass surgery, an overwhelming medical situation she hadn’t suspected or ever considered. Here is Gail’s story.
“[My pillow] was a badge of honor. It symbolized everything I’d been through.”
Sometimes heart failure is not a result of lifestyle choices; in fact, a fluke outside your control can cause it. In Brandi’s case, an infection from a brief stay in a hospital settled in her heart, causing damage to her valves. She had […]
“Before you have surgery, try to get one of these pillows.”
Sometimes complications crop up after one surgery that take you down a completely different path. Bill Hamilton was in the hospital recovering from lung cancer surgery when his lung collapsed and he had to have a lobectomy. He said the Shumsky Therapeutic Pillow that his […]
“[My pillow] made me feel like they actually cared about me.”
Imagine needing open heart surgery in your early 30s. Ashley Serna learned several years ago that she had a hole in her heart. It was a birth defect no one had found until then.
Ashley was struggling. She had chest pains and shortness of breath, but […]
“It’s nice to have that pillow and know that someone cares about you.”
Ron Sabino grew up in New York City, a melting pot of people from around the world. He made it a point to learn how to say something in different languages. What he didn’t know at the time was how caring people from […]
“My pillow made all the difference in the world. I still use it today.”
Nothing’s simple when you’re facing open heart surgery for mitral valve disease. Ginger Walden Jinnette was in her 60s when her cardiologist said she needed mitral valve replacement surgery. Here’s her story.
Ginger knew she had pneumonia when she was a child, but […]