Sunday, May 26, 2013

Paying It Forward - Touching Many Hearts

From One Heart
To Another

"When you helped me, you helped many people......"
Pay It Forward!
Invisible Bonds of the Heart
How do you describe those that have walked together through life and death decisions? I doubt that there is a word in any language. They are connected in a very special way, through an invisible thread between them. Each end of this thread is tied with a very special knot, deep inside their beings. It is a bond that cannot be broken. Over time, as one person helps someone, and they in turn help others, hearts bond together in an unbreakable web. Each one of us can be a part of this wonderful connection. All by paying forward what someone else has done for us.

I have a connection like this to one particular woman in the mid western United States. Her bicuspid aortic valve and aneurysm surgery failed, and only a few months after her surgery she was in serious trouble. It is beyond my comprehension why her physicians did not help her get to a major heart center. Perhaps they thought she was beyond hope. Apparently one of her doctors thought that, because he later told her he expected she would have been dead rather than coming to see him in his office again.

She was not beyond hope! I helped her go to a well known aortic surgeon in another state, and she is not only alive today, she pays the gift of life forward at every opportunity!

Recently, I visited a young man in the hospital. He had just had a much needed surgery. The valve and aneurysm that both threatened him can no longer harm him! He found his way to help not through referrals from physicians, but through his own diligent research and because this special woman reached out to him and pointed the way to help.

This young man is one of several that she has helped. In a recent email, she told me about them. She closed her email this way,

"These are all people who have a chance to live long lives, 
because they are getting expert care.
That's what you taught me, Arlys, that there's care,
 and then there's expert care.
I wouldn't be alive right now, if I hadn't had expert care, so thank you."

You too can pay it forward.
After first getting expert help yourself, share it with another. 

In this way, all around the world
 we join together in this
 indescribable connection of hearts,
Creating a Climate of Hope.

Best wishes,
Arlys Velebir
Bicuspid Aortic Foundation

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