This is for everyone who loves someone with Bicuspid Aortic Valve or any form of aortic disease in the chest.
|Derek Owens' parents were told about his BAV at birth|
He was 16 when he first had surgery
This is especially for Mothers. Mothers of all ages. Right from the start, they know how special, how talented their child is. At some point, they may learn there is something not quite right inside the heart of their beautiful child. They agonize through the doctor visits, the surgeries. Some Mothers hear those most dreadful words. Their beloved child is gone. Rest assured, there is nothing you could have done to prevent a bicuspid aortic valve. Above all, you give your child what no physician ever can. You give them your love. It is the most wonderful treatment in the world, and you can increase the dose at any time without harm. Yes, it is the greatest healer there is. Your love. Unlimited. Always.
|BJ's dear Mother, who lovingly|
follows her daughter's adventures
|BJ celebrating her birthday in 2014. She had surgery a year earlier.|
You can dance 'til you're dizzy...
|Derek Owens and his Mom, Laura|
|Carrie Mettler running a half marathon|
|Carrie Mettler's beloved Mother, who knew the reality of|
having two daughters with BAV
|Bob Gies following his surgery in 2010.|
my promise to you
|Doug had an undiagnosed BAV. He lost his life to aortic aneurysm|
rupture 10 years ago, on September 20, 2004.
and my love will find you
wherever you are.