Will A's Heart Failure Recovery

$10,430 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 140 people in 43 months
Will Armstrong is a big-hearted guy living in Atlanta.  He's been an active member of his spiritual community, has guided people in recovery from addiction, and has been generous with his time and resources when friends  and acquaintances were in need.  For several years, and to the present day, he has run his own computer business  and a popular mail order bakery .

          On May 20, when this big, burly guy found himself struggling to breathe, he went to the hospital and learned that, at just 43, he has severe congestive heart failure.  While a healthy heart chamber pumps out about 60 percent of the blood it holds, with each heartbeat, Will's percentage is less than 15 percent -- a late-stage diagnosis bringing worry about his life expectancy and about how he will support himself in the coming months.

          Will, along with many friends who love him, isn't giving up or planning to leave us soon.   But generating an income in the short term is a real challenge, all during a time when the meaning of this life-changing development has barely sunk in.  He has some health insurance, but based on conversations with other people who've faced similar diagnoses, he expects that some critically important tests or treatments won't be covered.

          Anything you're able to give goes toward Will's medical and living expenses as he focuses on getting well.  He wants to be as active and upbeat as possible, and he wants to help his own healing by continuing to serve others.  We, his friends, all stand behind him, and we'll be grateful for any help you can give.
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Thank you so much for support my fundraising campaign. As promised, I'm sharing with you my top 10 favorite dessert recipes. The link below will open a PDF that you can either print or save to your computer. Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you! Will

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0738/6725/files/Will_s_Favorite_Dessert_Recipes.pdf?411646753745361166
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A message from Will Armstrong:

Hi Everyone,
I had my first heart test in 3 months this past week and I'm sorry to report that my heart has not recovered with medication therapy alone. The next options are surgical - ICD implant, LVAD implant, then heart transplant.

In 10 days I meet with a cardiac electrophysiologist for an ICD implant consultation. An ICD is a device which functions as a pacemaker and defibrillator and could potentially improve cardiac function while I wait for LVAD surgery, which should happen in January 2016.

LVAD surgery is pretty intense (6-8 hours open heart surgery) and will require several weeks hospitalization, followed by a few weeks recovery at home. The good news is that an LVAD will restore circulation to almost normal levels and will help my kidneys, liver, and other organs recover enough to be listed for heart transplant. An LVAD should also help me feel a lot better and help my life return to something close to normal. I should be able to breathe better and start working full time again once I've recovered from surgery - probably late February or March of 2016.

In the meantime I'm taking it a day at a time and trying to live life as fully as possible. The biggest challenge is in being patient with my physical limitations. I'm very grateful for the love and encouragement I receive from everyone. I wouldn't be able to do this without you.
Thank you. <3 Will
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Hi Everybody,

It’s been a while since I shared an update here, but there has been little to report and progress has been slow. It’s now been 90 days since my heart failure diagnosis. There have been a lot of ups and downs, but for now my condition is stable.

I saw the cardiologist yesterday and unfortunately, there hasn't been much improvement in my heart’s performance these past few months. I am dependent on a continual IV infusion which helps my heart supply blood to my body, but I still have many of the symptoms of end stage heart failure that aren’t being successfully controlled with medication alone.

I remain unable to drive, lift, or walk more than a short distance, so I spend most of my time at home. I am grateful to be able to do some IT consulting, which helps pay the bills and keeps my mind occupied.

I have an echo cardiogram scheduled in 4 weeks which will determine the next steps. The doctor isn’t offering much hope that my heart will heal and he is lining me up for an eventual VAD (pump) implant and/or transplant.

In the meantime, I’m taking my medication as prescribed and adhering to a pretty strict diet. I am extremely grateful for the meals, visits, rides, and those who have helped me care for my beloved Addie Mae.

I’m also grateful for everyone who contributed to my GoFundMe campaign. This has been a real lifesaver.

Your friendship, prayers, calls, messages, and hugs have all been felt deeply. You have touched my heart and truly made a difference in my outlook on life today.

I’ll post back once I know the results of the echo cardiogram -- or if anything changes before then.
With love,
Will
Daddy and Addie
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Will's path has been rocky these past few weeks. He has just returned home after his third hospitalization, and during his last stay, his doctor emphasized that things won't ever be the same for him. While away from the hospital he has to wear a defibrillator; the ban on driving remains in place and tasks like keeping the house in order or walking his beloved Addie Mae around the block are still beyond his reach. Will learned during his last hospital stay that he might not have made it had he not come in when he did, and he's finding himself dependent on some drugs that alleviate heart failure symptoms but that can't repair the damaged heart itself. The last task before he was sent home on 6/23 was to install a PICC line to aid the delivery of the treatments he needs.

Because working is still out of the question, Will's need for financial help continues, and the help he's been getting benefits him not only with expenses but also in minimizing his very real and understandable anxiety. THANKS to all who have donated so far, and I ask his friends, whether or not you've made a contribution, to keep him in mind as he seeks healing.
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Rick McCollum
41 months ago

Will I'm so sorry and you will be missed and your amazing goodies

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Raised by 140 people in 43 months
Created May 28, 2015
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Sal Castellanos
38 months ago

Get well soon! :)

JT
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James timpanaro
38 months ago

I wish I could do more! Get well my friend. .. Sending lots of love ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

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Bob Steele
38 months ago

Will I'm glad to help.

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Anonymous
38 months ago
$50
Mahankirn Khalsa Sr.
38 months ago

YOUR BEAUTIFUL... BLESSINGS.

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Barry Dutton
38 months ago

Here's to a Speedy Recovery! I only wish I could give more!

Rick McCollum
41 months ago

Will I'm so sorry and you will be missed and your amazing goodies

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