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John’s Journey to Live

In March of 2017 for the second time since we got married my husband asked me to take him to the er because he wasn’t feeling well. I knew then something was wrong but i wasn’t prepared for the news we would soon get. John hadn’t been feeling well all week. He was having trouble breathing, putting on weight, and food tasted “different” to him. Once rushed in back, three breathing treatment, a bunch of steroids, and tons of blood work came the words we were not ready for. “Mr. Chirichella, you are a very, very, very sick man.”

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June 13, 2018

I know it has been a while since I have written an update. Our bump in the road turned out to be more of a hump in the road. While in the cath lab we found out that the two stents John had put in 2 years ago were failing and there was a new blockage. We were told that John would need a triple by-bass. On June 1st John had open heart surgery to repair all 3 of his blockages. He is now 11 days post op, hope and doing well. He is continuing with dialysis with his usual schedule and will follow up with his surgeon in 4 weeks. This man that I married continues to amaze me every day. He has been through so much in the past 2 years and continues to push forward. He hardly ever complains. Even after going through open heart surgery he still continues to get up at 3 days a week at 4:00 am to make it to dialysis by 6. It’s been a rough 2 weeks but i wouldn’t change it for the world because I still have my world with me. Hopefully now he can be put on the transplant list.


April 25, 2018

Well we have hit a little bump in the road. John’s stress test came back positive so now he has to go to the cath lab before he can be put on the transplant list. The up side is his cardiologist looked over his results and doesn’t see anything wrong. Hopefully this is just a formality. Will continue to update.


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April 13, 2018

Paula, john and. JP, I am so very sorry to hear about John's health issues. I know that he is one of the strongest people I know and has overcome obstacles without hesitation and for him to ask for help, I know that this must be serious. Prayers and love to all of you.

Elizabeth Bucci

April 13, 2018

I am here for you guys no matter what you need. Love you.

Brandy Costa