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Linda thought she came down with a seasonal virus in December 2014 but after several visits to her doctor she learned she was in heart failure. When she was first hospitalized in January, Linda was expecting to go home with new medication and a few days rest. She was hospitalized for most of January and February and underwent many tests and, along with friends and family, continued to pray the medication would start working. Her condition continued to decline. During her last hospital stay, Linda received an LVAD (left ventricular assist device) which now pumps the left ventricle for her. Linda has also been told that she needs a life-saving heart transplant.

During this critical time, Linda has had to come to terms with her diagnosis. She is determined to live her days to their fullest and to be around for many more years — to teach, to pray, to share in the lives of her loved ones and friends, and to be “Gaggie” to her two nieces and four nephews. After many years of giving tirelessly to her family, friends and students at Valley Forge Military Academy and Girard College, Linda now needs our help.

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February 3, 2018

I was recently asked if I would be willing to share my transplant evaluation process for a blog with a company attempting to create 3D printed hearts for transplant.
This is what I shared:

January 24, 2018

January 22, 2015 was the first time I was admitted to the hospital in advanced heart failure. I was listed for a heart a little over a month later. I had my first open heart surgery 2 weeks after that.

I still have not wrapped my head around how quickly my health declined and the decisions and sacrifices made to keep me alive. The past 3 years have been quite a blur.

My medical team informed me that I cannot work for the next 6 months. At that time, we will revisit how I am feeling and my see if my lab results have improved. I have been instructed to self care and I am enjoying taking care of myself.

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October 22, 2016

Linda, I am so very happy for you, keep on fighting, the world is rooting for you. Keep smiling, your demeanor, attitude and always pleasant personality is a light for all. we wish you the very best !

Neal & Verna Rogove

September 27, 2016

The Mahoney family have you in our prayers. I can't make the beef and beer, but I donated to your fund Tim


January 11, 2016

My son Casey, a kindergartner, will honor you in 2016 as part of Jump Rope For Heart at his school in Savannah, GA. Please know we care about you and will continue asking God to bless you with strength and courage.

Laurie Whalen Kramer

July 9, 2015

Lin, you are such an inspiration and the strongest person I know! With all you've been through you remain positive, happy, and faithful and you continue to light up the room with your demeanor and humor. Your friendship is one of my life's greatest blessing, and I'm so grateful to Temple, HelpHOPELive, and all of your friends and family for the care and support they've given you. Love you, always❤️❤️❤️

Bobbi Anne