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Let us Give Back, Like Carol!

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Raised by 44 people in 6 months
Created November 15, 2018
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Carol Raimondi
Carol Raimondi is someone who has always given to others selflessly. From becoming a registered nurse to advocating, supporting, and mentoring others in the Congenital Heart Disease world.

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Since childhood, Carol has demonstrated that she is a warrior! Countless heart surgeries and procedures throughout her life, along with battling breast cancer as an adult. 

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It’s our turn to fight with Carol as she enters this journey in the world of getting a new heart! No donation is too small. 

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Hey everyone! This is week 4 of being in the ICU waiting for my new heart. I was able to sneak out (with the docs permission and a nurse by my side) and get some fresh air the other day! It was a beautiful day and I soaked up every second until I had to go back inside.

Some exciting news is that I did have an offer last week for a heart! Unfortunately, the docs turned it down, because they didn’t feel it was a perfect match for me. This is still encouraging news, as it means my name is pretty high up on the list and hopefully my wait won’t be as long as they expected.

I still have to decorate my balloon pump, but I can share that her name is “ Pumperella”, like Cinderella
Thanks as always to those who have sent cards, messages or visited! Those are definitely the highlight of each day for me and I am go grateful for all of you!!
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Good afternoon! It has been a quiet week, which is why I haven't posted any updates. I am adapting to CCU living as best as one can. Fortunately, I have my IV and balloon pump on one set of wheels now, which makes walking around independently much easier. I finally came up with an "official" name for my balloon pump, and will share once it is decorated, lol! I am so grateful for all the messages of encouragement, cards, and visits. They truly make this stressful time better!
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Good afternoon to all! Today is the first day that I am not extremely sore from the balloon pump insertion and am ready to start my first jigsaw puzzle to help pass the time. The two machines in the pic are my constant companions, and I am learning to navigate around my room with them more every day.
As many have asked about visiting or sending cards, I figured it is easiest to post here.

Visitors are welcome! (though prepare yourself as I may make you work on a puzzle) The only current restriction is no visitors under the age 18 until flu season is over. Also, sadly, I can not have flowers in the CCU due to infection risk. ☹️

My address while here is:
Carol Raimondi
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Galter pavilion Room 971
251 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611
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Hi everyone, it’s Carol. Thank you all so much for the prayers and love being sent. It means so much to me and my family❤️ I am recovering from the balloon pump insertion and getting used to my new normal. I still have quite a bit of pain from the surgery, but hoping that will continue to get better every day. As of Wednesday, I am officially a status 2 on the transplant list! I will update as able, or my family will. ❤️❤️❤️
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Raised by 44 people in 6 months
Created November 15, 2018
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