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A Heart for Me

My name is Charles “Steve” Turner. I will be 52 y/o Sept 28th. I live in Duplin County, NC. I was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) in 2002 and from there with Cardiomegaly. As a former Army Reservist of 15 years, I had to be tough, follow orders and report for duty, but for the past 10 years, every 6 months, I follow up with my heart transplant team at Duke Medical Center in Durham NC and that is the toughest duty of all. Duke is 140 miles, one way, from home. The travel and time spent making these trips is a financial burden for my family and myself. I used to farm, I loved nothing better than preparing the earth and watching plants grow from seedling to crops. With my medical condition, I can not physically tolerate the effort needed to farm. I fulfilled the desire to grow by trying to have a small garden, but for the past year I have not been able to sustain the energy needed to attend my garden.

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November 1, 2018

Hey everyone. I am doing pretty good with my new LVAD device. It’s an adjustment to say the least. Family and friends are hosting a benefit dinner for me on Nov 2, 2018. We are attempting to raise additional funds needed for my further transplant. Thank you all for the thoughts, prayers, and/or donations. Know that everything is appreciated.

August 27, 2018

I came home from Duke this week. Trying to build my strength and adjust to this new device but I’m doing well as can be expected.

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