This book chronicles my descent from perfect health to near death from heart failure in less than eight months. My surgery to implant a mechanical pump (LVAD), my frustration with the medical community, my journey finding a cure to my disease and my recovery. I discuss my life with the Thoratec Heartmate II left ventricular assist device (LVAD) and how my life changed. This book is about taking control of your health. Optimal health can not be dispensed from a pharmacy.