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Post by Dave Tuttle on Tue Feb 17, 2015 6:09 pm

15 years ago this morning I said good by to Diane and was wheeled in for open heart surgery. Once diagnosed I had been bumped up to first surgery of the day due to the seriousness of my situation and I knew my life would never be the same if I survived it... I never should have made it to the hospital alive in the first place and I knew I was in big trouble. All I felt was dread, no optimism at all. In my mind I'd already used up all my luck and now the life I had known was over. If I did survive the surgery I would live out my few remaining years as a cardiac cripple. That was it. That's how I went into surgery and that's what I thought I had in front of me when I woke up after surgery.

My heartfelt thanks to Dr. Hicks and the staff at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY for giving me the ability to prove that assessment wrong and to Diane for all I put her through in the process.

And Thanks to all of you for your continuing inspiration.

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Re: Feburary 17, 1999

Post by LMRun on Tue Feb 17, 2015 6:32 pm

It was not your time, you still had very special work to do and one of those tasks was this forum and the friendship you extended to all of us.  You had/have great doctors, the love and support of Diane and many others.  

There are a lot of healthy and happy years ahead for you Dave.  Smile Smile

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Re: Feburary 17, 1999

Post by Rachel August on Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:34 pm

Dave!!!! This is such a celebration of life isn’t it???? I’m so grateful for you and for all of us in this together!!! All of us who made it through – who keep fighting through the fears, and the doubts and continuing to find our way back to ourselves – back to our passions. I’m so grateful to you and for the life you’ve chosen to LIVE!

Happy 15 years Dave – many more heart healthy years to you!!!!

I love you I love you I love you

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Re: Feburary 17, 1999

Post by Gary E on Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:02 pm

My congratulations too, Big Guy. Where would we all be without you?
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Post by RoadKillBill on Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:41 am

Happy anniversary, Dave. So glad you chose to hang around to befriend and inspire the rest of us.

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Re: Feburary 17, 1999

Post by twal on Thu Feb 19, 2015 1:49 pm

You are an inspiration to us all.

You've given a lot back from the extra years you got.

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Re: Feburary 17, 1999

Post by BA on Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:09 am

About 6 years ago, you shared that story with a lost, post heart attack, 42 year old soul on a very special phone call to a person that was also a perfect stranger. I can't say enough about how powerful of an inspiration you have been to so many. Thank You and Congratulations Dave!
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Re: Feburary 17, 1999

Post by Dave Tuttle on Sun Feb 22, 2015 5:45 pm

Well thank you everyone Embarassed

I'm touched by your comments...

And thank you for the many years now that I have drawn strength from how each of you have faced your heart problems.

A very special group indeed!

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