Help Jim Recover from Heart Surgery!

For: Jim Stoccardo
Seattle, WA
Organizer: Monica Jane Frisell
$13,250
of $15,000 goal.
Raised by 104 donors
88% Complete
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The Story

Jim has just undergone triple bi-pass open heart surgery. We are trying to raise money to help him with recovery. Below you can read more about the specifics of his health and the surgery itself. Anything will help! 

He received surgery on March 3rd at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. Dr Glenn Barnhart performed the surgery. He is currently in recovery.

Being an artist and small business owner, Jim’s resources are limited and will be strained to the breaking point by this medical emergency. He will need help during his long and painful recovery which will take over 3 months. We are setting up this fundraising campaign to help cover some of his living expenses until he can get back on his feet and start painting and brewing for us all once again.

Jim first started showing symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease 18 months ago. He was sleeping more than usual, had trouble riding his bike up hills and was easily tired. The symptoms progressed into chest discomfort and angina. Mindful of his family history with heart disease he went to a cardiologist and received three stents to open the left descending artery. During and after recovery he went on a very strict plant based diet and picked up swimming. He worked up to 7 to 10 miles of laps per week hitting the pool most days and quickly dropped 30 pounds.

Unfortunately his body does not seem to like stents. Starting in mid-January 2017 symptoms came back, initially mistaken for cold symptoms. He saw his cardiologist in late January and he began more tests.  It turned out that he had significantly reversed the damage through diet and exercise but his body was not tolerating the stents well. This was causing damage before and after each stent.  It will require a bypass around each stent to relieve the 90% constriction of blood flow to the left side of his heart.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 18, 2017

Posted on March 18, 2017

Hi all, It has been a few days since my last update. I have been at home for almost a week now. I’m feeling better slowly but surely. In the meantime I have been exploring this amazing thing called free time. Every day feels like Christmas when I wake up. Reading, listening to music and drawing are my top priorities each day. I have to admit this beats working 70 plus hours a week and could be habit forming. When I am strong enough to drive again I really want to get a short camping trip in, hence the drawing. Also, we are almost at our goal for the fundraiser. I can’t believe how successful this has been so far.
Thank’s again for your warm words and support. 

Posted on March 11, 2017

Posted on March 11, 2017

Hi all, feeling better and stronger by the day. Yesterday I walked two miles with my brother. We went into the town of Redmond where bear attacks are less common. I even stopped in Malt and Vine for an NA beer. It's kinda like sport drink for sick hop heads. Tomorrow I go home. I am excited to get back to my studio and start some low energy art projects. Cheers!

Posted on March 10, 2017

Posted on March 10, 2017

I am so pleased to see that we are just over 1/2 the way to our goal!!! What an amazing show of support for Jim! Please keep sharing and spreading the word, Jim needs all the time he can get to fully recover from this surgery.

Jim is now out of the hospital and beginning his recovery at his brothers house. As his brother Mike said "Today was a full day of uneventful recovery. Eat, sleep, read, doodle, email. Repeat.... Hopefully tomorrow will be uneventful too." Jim is very weak and tired (to be expected after such a surgery), but he is doing his breathing exercises and is in good spirits all things considered! 

Jim also sends some love in his own words:
"Hi all, I am sending this to all the donors that have made the YouCaring fundraiser such a success. I am humbled to the core the outpouring of love and support I have seen over the past week. This will help make my recovery so much less a burden. Every donation added up to one big number. 

I posted something similar in an update the other day but I'm not sure if everyone saw or not. It is difficult for me to type due to hand numbness leftover from the surgery. For now this will have to do. 

Love and Cheers, 

Jim Stoccardo"

Please keep sharing, and thank you again for all of your support! 

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