In Heart Support Group, Patients Counsel Others

Posted on: November 29, 2018

 

Sam and Judy Pittard work as a team to visit patients at Northside Hospital Cherokee who have been through a heart event, such as a heart attack or major surgery to treat heart disease.

Once a week, they listen to patients’ concerns, give general advice, and when someone asks, they pray for those in the hospital when they get home. They volunteer through Mended Hearts of Cherokee, a support network made entirely of people who have been heart patients themselves.

Last year, Sam Pittard struggled with fatigue after the couple moved to Canton from Hoschton. Previously, he had had a heart murmur years ago, but when he saw his doctor he was told he needed open-heart surgery. After surgery he went through cardio rehabilitation, which he says saved his life.

There, he heard about the Mended Hearts forming at the Northside Cherokee location and decided to get involved.

I was always talking to everyone who came in,” Sam Pittard said. “You get involved because you’re a patient, and then you hear about an organization that’s doing things you’re interested in and you want to be a part of that. It’s pretty good to have someone who comes in the room, who can help you out if you have questions and can listen.”

Read the full story from the Cherokee Tribune

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