Mended Hearts, the country’s oldest peer-to-peer support group for heart patients, is starting a chapter for those dealing with heart disease in the northern suburbs of Chicago. An organizational meeting for the new chapter will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m., at Evanston Hospital, Room G966.
“I have personally found Mended Hearts tremendously helpful in dealing with my heart issues and am very excited to see it expand to the northern suburbs,” says John N. Frank, who is spearheading efforts to start the new chapter. “What better time to start a new chapter than February which is American Heart Month?”
“Currently, chapters exist in Chicago and the western suburbs, but there is nothing north of the city, so there’s definitely a need here,” says Frank, himself the survivor of two angioplasties in the past five years. “I was thrilled when I approached the NorthShore University Health System and found a champion there who was willing to help get this chapter off the ground.
Monthly chapter meetings will rotate among the system’s hospitals in Evanston, Skokie and Highland Park, giving a wide range of heart patients and their family members the opportunity to attend and hear about topics of interest to them. The chapter also hopes to eventually have members visit with heart patients after surgeries so they can speak with people who have gone through similar procedures.
“Hearing from someone who has been through what you’re facing is invaluable. No one else can know exactly what it feels like or what emotional issues arise,” says Frank. “The true value of a group like this is being able to talk to other people who have walked in your shoes before you.”
Heart patients and family members are invited to the first meeting. Evanston Hospital will even be providing heart-healthy refreshments!
For further information on the meeting contact John Frank at 224-307-4190. To find out about what Mended Hearts has to offer, check its website MenderHearts.org