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.