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  • Jerry

    Hi all,
    If you will allow me to bend your ear for a few minutes, I would appreciate it. Those of you who follow the boards know last month we spent 16 days in Maryland visiting my wife’s brother and sister-in-law. (Sixteen wonderful days. They were perfect hosts.) Please don’t be misled by my referring to them as my wife’s family – they are my favorite family too.

    Let me tell you about Jerry. The day he turned 18 he ran down to the draft board to enlist in the US Army Air Corps – WWII was still on. He was sent home, advised to put on some weight, and get his HS diploma. (He was always top of his class in everything.)Three months later he was back, diploma in hand, and he enlisted. After Basic and flight school, and about nine months in Panama, he returned to Wright Patterson field where he became a lieutenant and an electronic engineer. This was before WPF was an accredited institution so he had to get tested and licensed in Ohio.

    He climbed the ranks over the years. Incidentally, while my wife was going to college money in the family was tight (the middle brother was also attending college a year ahead of my wife.) Jerry paid for her sorority costs, a good part of her tuition, and every letter he sent her contained a check for $25 – big money in those days.

    Some of his career highlights – after Korea he went to Texas A & M to get a bachelors degree in Physics, then off to MIT for a masters in atomic physics, all this time still at the head of his class. He then worked a number of years on a joint services project involving pioneering research on the effects of atomic radiation. (He was ‘signed out’ for an electron accelerator.) After delivering his speech on the subject at a Chicago convention he was off to fly in Viet Nam. Returning home, he taught at the Air Force Academy, and then headed up a team monitoring sixteen labs for the office of the IG. From there it was a short step to head the labs himself. Next came an advisory position for the Joint Chiefs of Staff on atomic energy. By now he was a full colonel, working for a two star general. When the general retired, the plan was for Jerry to take his job and be promoted to general himself. He got the job, but congress had a freeze on all promotions, so he lost his windowed office in the Pentagon – a big deal to Pentagon-ions. He wrapped up his thirty year career still a bird colonel.

    We got a letter from them today. Jerry went for his annual physical and failed the stress test. This brought about an angiogram, and the decision for him to have a triple bypass - next Wednesday. (They don’t seem to be wasting any time.) I love this man – he is much closer to me then my own brother. If you guys could spare a prayer or two, and maybe some well wishes to go along with it, please send them his way. I sure would appreciate it.
    Burt

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    Burt.
    Jerry sounds like a wonderful man. Thanks for introducing him to us. We will offer prayers on his behalf.
    Leon
    God Squad co-moderator
    Nothing is as gentle as strength and nothing is as strong as gentleness

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    • #3
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      Thanks Leon,
      By the way, Jerry hails from Altoona, PA. I guess you’ve heard of it - and my wife's college is Penn State - actually she was in the first University graduating class.
      Burt

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      • #4
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        Burton,

        Both Prayers and Well Wishes for Jerry and family (even In-Laws )
        A thorough (with no surprises, but good ones) surgery; An uneventful (but astonishing) recovery and a long time to have with those he loves.

        Best to All
        Dorothy

        Diagnosed 1996, Myectomy Aug. 2000, 3 Radio-frequency ablations for a-fibs 2003-2005.

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          Burt, I wish all the best to you and your family. It is truly a wonderfull experience when we find someone who was not born to be our brother but indeed is our brother in every aspect of the meaning ," he is my brother. " Jerry is lucky to have found the same kindred spirit in you. You are all in my thoughts prayers and hopes for a wonderfull healthy outcome. We are here for you. Pam
          Dx @ 47 with HOCM & HF:11/00
          Guidant ICD:Mar.01, Recalled/replaced:6/05 w/ Medtronic device
          Lead failure,replaced 12/06.
          SF lead recall:07,extracted leads and new device 2012
          [email protected] Tufts, Boston:10/5/03; age 50. ( [email protected] 240 mmHg ++)
          Paroxysmal A-Fib: 06-07,2010 controlled w/sotalol dosing
          Genetic mutation 4/09, mother(d), brother, son, gene+
          Mother of 3, grandma of 3:Tim,27,Sarah,33w/6 y/o old Sophia, 5 y/o Jack, Laura 34, w/ 5 y/o old Benjamin

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          • #6
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            Burt - Greetings from San Fran!

            Jerry has lead a wonderful life, he has give so much to so many (I include myself in that -as his service in the military was for ALL AMERICANS).

            I hope and pray that all his good deeds are returned to him with an uneventful and successful procedure.

            My thoughts are with you.

            Lisa
            Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
            YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

            Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
            lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
            Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
            Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
            Currently not obstructed
            Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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            • #7
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              Many many prayers and well wishes to Jerry and the whole family. It is indeed a blessing to have such wonderful people in our lives. Please let us know how he is doing.

              Take care
              Pam
              It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.

              Dx in Feb/99. Obstructed. No ICD, no surgeries, no family history. 2 sons ages 14 and 6.

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              • #8
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                Burt

                I will keep Jerry and his entire family in my prayers and thoughts, keep us updated on him

                Shirley
                Diagnosed 2003
                Myectomy 2-23-2004
                Husband: Ken
                Son: John diagnosed 2004
                Daughter: Janet (free of HCM)

                Grandchildren: Drew 15,Aaron 13,Karen 9,Connor 9

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                • #9
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                  Burt, you've got it. Prayers all around!

                  Reenie
                  Reenie

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                  Husband has HCM.
                  3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.

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                  • #10
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                    Burt,

                    Jerry, will be included in my Prayers. Having just had a Double By Pass 4 weeks ago, I can understand all concerns, but he will get thru this!
                    My thoughts & prayers are with you & your Family
                    RONNIE

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                    • #11
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                      Thanks everybody,
                      Geez, I love you guys.
                      Burt

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                      • #12
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                        Bert,

                        I will be praying!

                        Rhoda

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                          God Bless! Never doubt the power of prayer - WE ALL PRAY WITH YOU.
                          Tammy

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                            I'll be praying for your brother gramps. You've been there so much for the past few weeks don't know what I would have done without you. Here is to an uneventful recovery and if you wanna talk you know my number. Cell number that is cause I'm outta the hospital!

                            Mary S.

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                              Hey Burt... How is Jerry?

                              Lisa
                              Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
                              YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

                              Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
                              lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
                              Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
                              Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
                              Currently not obstructed
                              Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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