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Dear Family and Friends,

I am writing to ask for your prayers and support for my husband, Tim Medendorp. Tim had aortic valve replacement surgery in December of 1998 to correct a congenital defect. A bi-ventricular Pacemaker/Defibrillator was installed in 2001 for arrhythmia. In 2009, he was hospitalized four times and referred to the University of Chicago Medical Center for what was thought to be an imminent transplant. Doctors there were able to delay the transplant with medication adjustments. After two hospital stays in 2011, his doctor said the words Tim had been hoping to avoid: “It’s time.” The doctors have determined that his only chance for survival is a heart transplant.

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December 1, 2019

Sorry for the lapse in updates –
In January, Tim and I spent our 25th anniversary in Honolulu, thanks to a gift from a dear friend. On the 6th of February Tim was returning home when someone ran a red light, at a high rate of speed and under the influence, and totaled his car. He spent 21 days in the hospital. He was released to attend the funeral of his father, who passed away from complications of Lewey Bodies Disease. He was only able to be released, under strict instructions and frequent check-ins with his cardiac team. He spent the better part of the year in therapy for a torn rotator cuff, from the accident.

In January of 2019 we relocated. Tim was having issues climbing the stairs to our second floor condo. As we had been there for about 25 years, moving was quite the emotional and physical endeavor. We are now in a first floor condo and growing to love our new home. Tim’s heart continues to weaken and he finds himself frustrated as more and more of the things he used to do are becoming very taxing. It will be 8 yrs on the transplant list in January, as Tim has a high probability of rejection.

December 23, 2015

As of Christmas 2015, we continue to wait. Constantly testing, monitoring and adjusting medications. We are told the next step will be monthly treatments to kill the antibodies in my blood. This will involve 3 days of treatment every month. Changes to insurance mean more out of pocket expenses in 2016. Small changes like the recent 300% increase in parking at the hospital are a drain as well. Valet parking used to be $5/ day for patients. Privatization now has self park at $15/ day.

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December 12, 2019

You and your family are in our family's prayers Tim. Merry Christmas (early!)

dominick petramale

December 3, 2018

Live on Tim!

Teri Grun

November 28, 2018

Tim - you and your family are all in our prayers. ps- when did the kids grow up! Seems like yesterday we were talking about scouting.... You have a beautiful family


March 14, 2017

Always thinking of you. Grateful for everyday I see that you are enjoying life. Love you always.

Cynthia Herda (Milner)

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