Stories of Gratitude

Read the inspiring stories from the people who tell it best – patients.

Steve Schachtman: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Steve Schachtman: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Photo courtesy of Noah Zaroff Photgraphy For Steve Schachtman of the Twin Cities, 1999 is a year he’ll never forget. The night before Thanksgiving, his uncle passed away. Just eight hours later, upon arriving at his mother’s home to take her to his aunt's house, he...

John Morency: Chronic Total Occlusion

John Morency: Chronic Total Occlusion

John Morency has always had a good sense of humor about his age and life. As the 67-year-old Twin Cities resident likes to joke, he’s “been 50 for the last 17 years.” Now, thanks to an October 2018 heart procedure at Minneapolis Heart Institute® (MHI) at Abbott...

Roger Olson: Chronic Total Occlusion

Roger Olson: Chronic Total Occlusion

Living in Cass County near Remer in Northern Minnesota’s lake country, Roger Olson loves the natural beauty of the area. He enjoys hunting, fishing and doing chores and maintenance around the large property and home he shares with Jean, his wife of 54 years. But...

Natasha Karn: Familial Hypercholesterolemia

Natasha Karn: Familial Hypercholesterolemia

Natasha Karn’s advice to other women is simple: “Take care of yourself. Because if you don’t, you can’t take care of your family and your career and all those things that you always prioritize. Take care of yourself first, because I sure didn’t, and it nearly cost me...

The Anderson Siblings: Hypertension

The Anderson Siblings: Hypertension

Candi, Wendy and Marshall Anderson: HypertensionFor many people, vacations are a time to relax, reflect and often, try new experiences. For sisters Wendy and Candyce (Candi) Anderson, a vacation together in early 2017 inspired them to try something new to...

Dennis Hudson: Cardiac Valve

Dennis Hudson: Cardiac Valve

Dennis Hudson Enjoys a “New Lease on Life” After Valve ReplacementLiving in the foothills of South Dakota’s beautiful Black Hills, Dennis Hudson and his wife Carole love to jump in their 1960 Thunderbird convertible or take the top off their Jeep and head...

Jamie Dockendorf: Congenital Heart Defect

Jamie Dockendorf: Congenital Heart Defect

For parents expecting a baby, excitement and uncertainty are a normal part of the journey. For new parents Jamie and David, however, they never imagined the situation they would face. When Jamie was 31 weeks pregnant with their son Carson, they learned that not only...

Jack Henrich: Hypertension

Jack Henrich: Hypertension

Jack Henrich: Intrigued by the possibility of controlling blood pressure without medication As president of Bergerson Caswell for 30 years, which is a contractor for water wells and water treatment along with geothermal and environmental services, John...

Robin Asbell: Congenital Heart Defect

Robin Asbell: Congenital Heart Defect

As a Twin Cities-based chef, author and cooking instructor, Robin Asbell considers it her passion and life’s work “to make food that is both good for you and good tasting.” Her awareness of heart disease and the role a healthy lifestyle plays have always...

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