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  1. Chelli-man
    June 23, 2014 @ 6:53 am

    Yes! Thanks, Vlad, for getting Jilli back in the game! It’s very hard to imagine what it is like to live in the conditions you live with. Not to mention living through the ‘adventure’ itself. Your courage and humour are inspirational dear Jill. You should publish this blog, so brilliantly and charmingly written. We are really looking forward to our visit this summer so we can all express our love in person with our decidedly un-Vlad-ish squeezes. Thanks for keeping us up to date! Love Ali

    • Chelli-man
      June 23, 2014 @ 6:55 am

      P.S. LOVE the birth announcement! Hee,hee…

  2. Val Stewart
    June 23, 2014 @ 9:12 am

    Wow! That’s quite the story. thank you for sharing it with us. I like that you shared your fear with us. I wanted to hug you as I read your blog.

  3. Carolyn Thomas
    July 7, 2014 @ 2:04 pm

    Jillianne, you’re the only heart patient I know who sends out a birth announcement to announce her new LVAD implantation! Love that!

    Hope you’re doing well.


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