Warren Selkow and Donna Selkow
Warren and Donna Selkow find themselves in a unique position to address and write about the problems of living with coronary artery disease. In October of 2000 Warren had a "mild" heart attack. The event (the word used by the medical establishment) revealed a very serious underlying condition, a failing aortic valve. Subsequent testing revealed four completely blocked veins, a failing mitral valve and a large aneurism on the aorta. He was scheduled for open-heart surgery to repair all the damage that included a four-way by-pass, a new mitral ring and replacement of his aortic valve with a mechanical devise.
By the end of 2001 Warren found himself in seriously declining health and another test revealed he had a leak in his heart and a mitral valve on the verge of complete failure due to the leak. In January of 2002 he had that valve replaced and a pacemaker implanted.
Donna Selkow was called upon to provide the day-to-day care to ensure Warren's survival. Donna already had extensive experience in caregiving to seriously ill people that literally started when she was a child and she looked after her grandmother. Donna became educated about heart disease and with this education and her already well developed sense of what good care means, nursed her husband through the worst of the times which did not end with just the simple healing of the surgeries. No, her care would be required for the following many years.
Warren was a business executive in the sales and marketing area of Information Technology. During his career he was employed by National Cash Register, Honeywell, IBM and Siebel Systems. He was employed by Siebel Systems when the heart attack and ensuing surgery disabled him and ended his working days.
Donna was a stay-at-home mom who raised their children (as Warren says, “almost single-handedly) due to his travel schedule).
The Selkow's now reside in the Phoenix area and are completely retired. They have two grown children and two grandchildren, both now in their teens.