“I’m the biggest fan of ThedaCare, I can tell you that!” - John Beasley

After college football and eight years in the pros, your body starts to wear out. So, when it came time for a new hip, I went in for my pre-op check up with my primary care doctor at ThedaCare. My doctor looked at me and said, “John, I’m hearing some funny sounds in your heart.” It was shocking because I didn’t have any symptoms, no shortness of breath or anything. When I went to see the heart surgeon at ThedaCare hospital in Appleton, he gave me the rundown of what was wrong: enlarged aorta, leaky valve, leaky ventricle, calcification, a hole in my heart – the list seemed like it wouldn’t stop! My wife had never been so scared in her whole life. It was a long surgery, nine hours all together. But, they fixed every last problem they found. We still shake our heads—in disbelief as well as gratitude—about it all.

I went through cardio rehab at Wild Rose, which was awesome. I had a program designed just for me. They did a heck of a job!

From the get-go, everybody was so helpful getting us through the whole process. It was easy to bond with them. They were right by my side, all the way through. And that made the whole situation much easier.