Nancy Heber's journey with the McConnell Heart Health Center
began in 2004 when her son needed open heart surgery for his
thoracic aorta aneurysm. It was recommended for him to come
to MHHC for cardiac rehab. Her son's experience was very
positive, and they were impressed with what McConnell had to
Nancy and her husband were told that her son's type of
aneurysm tends to be genetic. Therefore, they took the proper
steps and had the family screened. It turned out that Nancy's
husband, Bob, had the same aneurysm and had his operation a few
months later. Due to his son's experience at McConnell, Bob
also decided to come here for his cardiac rehab.
after their surgeries, it was Nancy who developed a heart condition
that involved the electrical activity of her heart. She
needed a pacemaker and less than two years later needed a
pacemaker/defibrillator. It was her cardiologists who told
her the device can only do so much and she needed to "do
[her] part….and that is to exercise," said Nancy.
You can probably guess where they chose to exercise…..yes,
McConnell! These experiences influenced them to join the
McConnell Heart Health Center as a family to ensure they would be
in "good hands" as they continued their journey "to change their
lives in a proactive way," as Nancy stated.
continued her membership here despite her husband's passing and has
been a member since 2005. In conclusion, Nancy summed up her
experience at McConnell by saying this: "Has McConnell changed my
life? You bet! It has kept me alive so I can do those
things I so enjoy…."