“One day I was a marathon runner and the next, I was undergoing cardiac cath”: A young mom’s letter of thanks to the Cardiac Rehab team

“One day I was a marathon runner and the next, I was undergoing cardiac cath”: A young mom’s letter of thanks to the Cardiac Rehab team

This letter beautifully illustrates both what Cardiac Rehab does and why they do it. After a health crisis, they encouraged and coached and cheered for this patient so that she could stay healthy and strong for her young children. What a wonderful testimony to the amazing care given to our patients in Cardiac Rehab.

It is with a most grateful heart that I send this correspondence. Recently, I experienced a spontaneous dissection of one of my coronary arteries.  Following my hospital stay, I was referred to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at AAMC. It was the greatest blessing for my family.

I attended Cardiac Rehab two times per week for six months. During the course of this time, I was treated with respect, care, and sincere concern. I am only 40 years old and have two young children. On more than one occasion, it was necessary for me to bring my children with me. The staff was wonderful. They alleviated all of our fears and always made us feel welcomed.

The staff was not only nurturing and kind, but extremely knowledgeable. They were truly concerned with my well-being and progress. They were always supportive and displayed genuine concern for my health. I was in good hands and was surrounded by positivity and encouragement.

I cannot express how truly indebted I am to the entire Rehab staff. I know that their attitudes and expertise were crucial to my rehabilitation. This department is a tremendous asset to AAMC and to this community.

I am especially grateful to the following staff members:

Terri Harding, RN, BSN, CVRN-BC, STAR, Supervisor
Shannon Adkins, RN, BSN, Rehab nurse
Carol Frazer, BS, MA, CES, STAR, Exercise Physiologist
Elyse Seckens, MS, HFS, MS, Exercise Physiologist
Kirsten Zoller, BS, Exercise Physiologist
Jimmy Harbaugh, BS, Exercise Physiologist
Megan Beylo, BS, Exercise Physiologist
Dianne Walters, RN, CVRN-BC, STAR, Rehab Nurse

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