Day 1174: heroes

Even though there are many heroes in my life, this is the first time I’ve ever written a post titled “heroes.”

Yesterday, I spent time with lots of heroes. For example, last night one of my heroes — my boyfriend Michael  — showed me this:


Earlier in the day, I met with my heroes Dr. Mark Estes and RN Melanie Marshall (both appearing in this heroic blog post from March 2014). During yesterday’s check-up with those medical heroes about my Implantable Cardiac Device (ICD), your humble blogging hero heard and said lots of things, including the following:

  • I seem to be doing somewhat better since I received my heroic  ICD last May.
  • Dr. Estes —  who is always more conservative, cautious, and concerned than my other cardiologist hero, Dr. Deeb Salem — wants me to travel to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to consult with Dr. Carole Warnes, well-known hero to others who have my extremely rare cardiac condition (congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries a/k/a cctga),
  • I believe Dr. Carole Warnes is the heroic doctor who wrote me in 1997 when I was  pregnant with my only son Aaron (another one of my heroes) with her opinion that it was safe for me to carry him to term (despite other doctors publishing articles concluding that pregnancy was dangerous for women with cctga).
  • During the appointment with Dr. Estes, I saw him blush three times, including when I told him that my hero Michael had told me, “You’re always in a bad mood after you see Dr. Estes.”
  • I told  my hero Dr. Estes that my boyfriend Michael heroically exaggerates.
  • Dr. Estes acted like I was some kind of hero when he introduced me to a  heroic medical student as “The most famous patient at this hospital.”
  • I said to my hero Melanie, “It’s funny that I’ve been trying to get famous by trying out for The Voice when apparently I’m already famous.”
  • Dr. Estes heroically lied about my age in front of the student (giving me a heroic wink while doing so), but I heroically corrected him.
  • I told my heroic treaters that I was grateful for all of my medical heroes at Tufts Medical Center, calling them “The Dream Team.”
  • Yesterday, my medical heroes told me they want to keep me alive through my 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s.
  • I heroically added “… and my 90’s.”

I may be a hero to some people, but I am not heroic enough to visit Rochester, Minnesota, USA in the winter.  Does that sound like a hero to you?

Do you see any heroes in any of the other photos I heroically took yesterday?






Astound me, please, with a comment (heroic or otherwise).

Thanks to all my heroes out there, including you!

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46 thoughts on “Day 1174: heroes

  1. thanks for sharing the heroes )

  2. What a marvelous post. Thank you for sharing your journey. Lori

  3. On another blog I recently commented that those who endure what they are sent are also heroes. By that definition, you are one

  4. You are indeed a rock star, Ann. Sending you some of those positive vibes. πŸ’˜

  5. YES!! To your continued wellness and the dynamic devoted support of your medical team – i love them for how they care for you. Love u and glad to hear about it.

  6. A heroic post indeed I must say! Have a great weekend Ann!! πŸ˜€

  7. Ann, you are one of my heroes, not only for your most unusual and famous heart, but for your unflagging blogging and thereby lifting my spirits when they need it, which they sometimes do, despite my own heroic efforts to remain positive in the midst of stressful life events. Thank you, oh lovely hero of mine!

  8. I like those Star Wars heroes too. They are kind of fun heroes (if there is such thing) and I think you are one for sure πŸ™‚

  9. i can only hope
    to be a hero, like you Ann,
    if only for one day πŸ™‚

  10. You’ve always been my hero, Ann! And I fully expect to be meeting up with you and discussing just how fine Gene Kelly’s butt is when you hit your 100s. Keep rocking, girl.

  11. You may have not known this, but you have been famous in my book for eons. Ann – you are my blogging hero!
    Have a heroically delicious day!

  12. “We can be heroes/Just for one day”. Thank you to one of my heroes, David Bowie.

  13. Dr. Estes is right: you are a hero. So are your doctors, but no doctor can truly be successful without a heroic patient. I’ve been told I seem like the sort who’d say “an heroic…” but I’m really more likely to say “heroic Ann”, which you are.
    The silver lamp (if that’s what it is) reminded me of the story of Diogenes who carried a lamp in broad daylight to look for an honest man. When I read that story as a child I didn’t understand the implication and I thought a truly honest person would be the one who’d ask him, “Hey, where are you going with that lamp, and where are you going to plug it in?”

  14. Sounds like a good group of heroes!

  15. What a wonderful group of heroes you have! I would certainly not venture to Minnesota in the winter

  16. That last quote is very true. And into your 100s too.

  17. I liked “Zootopia” movie recently which showed humor and insight in why we all need to get along in this world, Ann. The little bunny is so brave, while the “predators” learn to become tame.
    I definitely think you are a hero, posting through your serious health challenges and showing a positive and shining light for others to follow.

  18. Carol Ferenc

    When I had cancer two years ago, I decided that all doctors and nurses are heroes. Ann, it’s 40 degrees and sunny right now here in central Minnesota. The Mayo in Rochester is in the balmy south ~ almost all the way to Iowa πŸ™‚

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