Mended Hearts

Mended Hearts


Blanche Smithers, President


Laura Jackson, Vice-President


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"It's great to be alive - and to help others."

"Welcome! I am Blanche Smithers, President of Mended Hearts, Inc., Chapter 127 in Cookeville, Tennessee. On behalf of all our members I would personally like to invite you to come and join us in the most supportive, caring, and sharing group in the Upper Cumberlands for heart patients and their familes.

Why can we say this? Because most of our members have likely experienced the same general type of heart trauma that you have undergone, or surgery that you may be considering. No one, other than someone who has 'been there, done that,' can as completely relate to the physical, emotional, spiritual, and other changes that are occurring in your life . . . nor as completely share with you that the doubts and fears you may be having are normal and should be expected. Heart patients and families gain hope by meeting our members who listen to their concerns, relieve their anxieties, share their own experiences, and serve as living proof that you can be a healthy survivor of heart disease.

Administrators and professional cardiac staff at Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) consider 'Mended Hearts,' an integral part of their support network for heart patients.

As you browse through this section, you will not only learn about our parent national organization, Mended Hearts, Inc., but more specifically about our local chapter, its members, activities, programs, and the information and educational resources that are available to you.

I want you to know that you can live a fulfilling, productive, and happy life after heart surgery. Through our visiting programs, support group meetings, and educational forums provided by our all-volunteer members, you can not only regain control of your life, but learn how you can provide support to others.

I sincerely hope that Mended Hearts can be of help to you -- in a personal rather than a technical or medical way -- and that in time you too may be drawn to 'give back,' share your experiences with others, and JOIN US in mending hearts."

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