Tim’s Zipper Story

This post comes from the VERY well written Tim Nichols. SYMPTOMS “Last autumn I was leaving on a weekend trip to Pennsylvania to celebrate my mom’s 85th birthday. Along the way I couldn’t shake a nagging concern that I was having really really mild chest pains. ...

Caitlyn’s Ticker

Hi everyone! My name is Caitlyn MacKay. I was born in 1990 with Truncus Arteriosus and am now 27 years old. Surgery I underwent my first major open-heart surgery at the age of 3 months old; I live in Columbus Ohio but at the time they were not doing the procedure I...

The Importance of Listening to Your Body

Today’s Zipper story comes from Rosanne, a very well written sixty five year old who we are sure will inspire many readers! Diagnosis The mitral valve prolapse I learned about at age 26 never gave me any problems. A doctor found it during a routine annual exam...

Thaddeus’s Success

Hello everyone! My name is Thaddeus. I am a twenty-eight year old correctional officer from Chicopee, Massachusetts. I was born with Tetralogy of Fallot which most of you know is a congenital heart defect (CHD) consisting of four individual defects within the heart....

A Life Full of Heart

Today’s story comes from Annona who lives in Texas. Annona has been a part of the Zipper Club for almost 50 years!  Hello Zipper Club! My Name is Annona. When I was about 4, I passed out in the back seat of the family car. My mom, sister and I were out looking for a...