Change Of Heart Support Group

Dec.14th Cancelled
Jan / Feb No meetings

A Message from the President Tony Mankus
Hello everyone. We had a productive COH Meeting on November 9 at the Life Center. We discussed holding our annual Christmas Party at some local restaurant, when the Kenkels suggested that we hold the Christmas Party at their residence in Edgewood, Kentucky. We accepted the offer. The COH annual Christmas Party is scheduled for December 14, 2019. At the Christmas Party, if you bring a wrapped present, you will be able to participate in our most interesting gift exchange, where stealing is permitted up to 3 times.

My wife and I attended a Life Center Pot Luck Event on November 7, 2019. The Na-tional Donor Sabbath Weekend was discussed along with the Life Center Community Breakfast on November 19, 2019 where the 2020 Life Center Calendar will be unveiled. Dave Waits and I will participate in the Candle Lighting Ceremony at the Breakfast.

January and February Anniversaries have been included in the December Newsletter since we will not be publishing another Newsletter until March of 2020. There will be no COH Meetings until March since the weather can be very unpredictable in January and February. Therefore I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Drive carefully and stay safe during the holidays.

Upset Tummy?

This PDF article speaks to the importance of keeping your doctor informed about stomach upset problems and managing side effects of transplant medications.
GI (gastrointestinal) upset is one of the more common, but less severe side effects caused by some transplant medications.

  • GI Upset PDF Doc
    Are You Donation Savvy?

    This PDF details how to join the Ohio Donor Registry. Many organs and tissues can be donated to help save the lives of those in need. Please consider joining the registry so that you can help extend the lives of your fellow citizens.

  • Donation Information PDF Doc

    December 2019 Newsletter:

    Read an online version of our newsletter that was mailed out.


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    Books Of Interest

    A novel by John A. Elefteriades, MD. Medical Fiction, Bending medical ethics. A fast read that keeps pages turning.

    "Cold Hands, Warm Heart"
    By Jill Wolfson A novel of teens going through transplants.



    Personal Stories

    A Change Of Heart

    On Easter Sunday, March 31, 1991, I had a change of heart – literally!  On that date I was the joyful recipient of a heart transplant.  A procedure that had become almost routine to the medical profession was an answer to prayer to me in the form of a 20th century miracle.



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