Reaching people with health information and doing it well is a real art, and in The Open Heart Companion, Maggie Lichtenberg shows great skill as both writer and health and wellness coach. More than a book of things to know, it really becomes a true companion, much like a coach would be to you, a real ally. The Open Heart Companion, honors both the patient's need for the "story" of real experience, and the need for concrete information for both preparation and recovery from surgery.
Like the author, I am a valve surgery survivor/thriver, and like the author I am a wellness coach as well. I found great personal value in the book and continuously recommend it to all the coaching students I train, and all the medical institutions and organizations I consult with.
Michael Arloski, Ph.D., PCC, author of Wellness Coaching For Lasting Lifestyle Change