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"Your situation requires open heart surgery."
I heard those words in December of 2003 as my surgeon explained my congenital aortic
stenosis. After that sobering pronouncement he went on to explain the surgery prep,
the anesthesia, the stopping of my heart, the heart-lung machine that would keep
me alive during the operation, the re-starting of my heart, etc. Perhaps you or a loved
one has heard these same solemn words recently.
I knew he was confident and mentally prepared for my operation. BUT was I? And
that to me was the most important part of this –– my mental attitude!
I needed support and quickly, not just from my family but someone who had been
through this surgery successfully. My husband and I immediately called our dear
friend, Stew Leonard, in Connecticut. He confirmed he had the same operation plus triple
by-pass surgery at the same time and now he was hail, hearty, healthy and more active
He said an important part of his miraculous recovery was that he had mentally prepared
himself with a very special little booklet he had meticulously compiled. He and his family
read it many times prior to his surgery. He called it GETTING R. E. A.
D. Y. The acronym
and his explanation of the content of each chapter follow:
Research - "Learn all you can
about open-heart surgery. Read books, search the Internet and seek
out others (you'll find there are many) who've had successful
open-heart surgery and leading active lives."
Excellent Doctors - "Your peace of mind will soar when you're
satisfied that you have found the best doctor and best hospital."
Attitude Preparation - "Your attitude
will play a major part in
the success of your open-heart surgery and that's the 'heart
and soul' of this booklet."
Do It Now - "Take
care of your problem or your problem takes care
of you. This chapter will lead you to an attitude
ready. Ready for Action!'"
Years of Benefits - "You'll
discover that making this decision will
positively effect every day of the rest of your life."
The next morning, by FEDEX, Stew's attitude improving booklet GETTING
R. E. A. D. Y. arrived. We devoured the book and gave copies to
our daughters. It raised the confidence level in us all.
it in one sitting and each page was power-packed. Loaded with powerful mental
conditioning thoughts that I clung to, true success stories of people who
had "been there and done
that" and, yes, even humor. Example? As Stew was being wheeled out of the prep room to
surgery, his son, Stew Jr., who now runs his dairy stores, called out to him, "Hey, Dad!
Take the rest of the day off!"
Five weeks after my valve replacement surgery I was back up at almost full speed. It was at
this time Stew suggested I expand each of the chapters of this very helpful booklet with my
own experiences, anecdotes and motivating thoughts.
I agreed. Now you can receive these two successful open-heart surgery success stories for the
price of one.
The best is yet to be, the best is on it's way!
Stew and I want to provide you with this very important downloadable book.
price is $12.95 (PayPal purchase).
Feel free to run your own copies for family and