Finding Joy in Simplicity After Life-Changing Heart Surgery -39

The Heart Chamber

Feb 27 2024 • 31 mins

In episode 39, Boots Knighton, with her signature blend of warmth and wisdom, opens up about life before and after the operating room. As Boots recounts the trials of her recovery, you'll find yourself drawn into a narrative filled with practical advice on managing post-surgery health and emotional well-being. From the surprising impact of diet to the tactics for coping with hospital stays, this episode is packed with insights. But it's not all serious – hear how Bob Ross's serene landscapes and the antics of woodland creatures brought unexpected joy to Boots's journey. Eager to learn how to turn a health crisis into a pivot point for a fuller life? Let Boots's story inspire you.

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06:09 Boots turned her hospital walks into a daily game.

09:16 The importance of gut health and pooping.

11:36 Excessive vomiting after surgery due to medication.

17:03 What you choose to watch on TV is just as much a part of your diet as what you put in your body.

19:26 Friend's unwavering support and nourishment mean everything.

22:18 Watching animals brought comfort after heart surgery.

26:14 Overcoming challenges can lead to extraordinary outcomes.

30:06 Gratitude, love, hope, inspiration, healing, share, and please leave a review.

Boots Knighton has been an educator since the late 1990s in all facets of education including high school science, middle school mathematics, elementary reading, college level ecology, ski instruction, backpacking, and experiential education. Her greatest teacher has been her heart thanks to a surprise diagnosis in 2020 (during the pandemic) of three different congenital heart defects. She is now thriving after her open-heart surgery on January 15, 2021 and is on a mission to raise awareness through her podcast, The Heart Chamber: patient stories of open-heart surgery and recovery, that heart surgery can be an incredible opportunity to begin again in life and live life wide open.

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