A Letter to Therapeutic Pillows


Shawnee Fischer Christensen:

I wanted to share our story. Your pillows not only bring your patients comfort but also a grieving spouse who unexpectedly lost the love of their life after needing heart surgery at age 47. My best friend, husband, and father.

Today marks six months that my heart has been forever changed. This Heart pillow […]

A Letter to Therapeutic Pillows2020-05-30T11:06:05-04:00

Skip’s Story – A Donor’s Journey


“My pillow is my badge of honor.”

After 31 years of working in the corporate world, Skip Sturtz decided it was time to pay his success forward and pursue his calling to save a life as a living kidney donor. Here’s his story.

Skip’s Story

Skip Sturtz is what some would call a jack of all trades, and […]

Skip’s Story – A Donor’s Journey2020-05-30T11:06:24-04:00

Eric’s Recovery Story With Shumsky Therapeutic Pillows


Eric Douglas leads an active life. He is a traveler, a scuba diver, and a former CPR and dive instructor. When he began exhibiting symptoms of cardiac problems, the reality was too difficult to bear. After a heart attack and failed stress test, Eric went through an intense cardiac surgery. With the help of therapeutic […]

Eric’s Recovery Story With Shumsky Therapeutic Pillows2020-05-30T11:06:38-04:00

Jasmine’s Story – Liver Transplant


“[My pillow] is so awesome, and I used it all the time.”

When you need a liver transplant, the waiting is hard. But Jasmine never gave up hope. What she didn’t realize until later was her Shumsky Therapeutic Pillow turned out to be an important recovery tool. Here’s her story.




Jasmine was diagnosed with Hepatitis C over […]

Jasmine’s Story – Liver Transplant2020-05-30T11:08:05-04:00

Eli’s Story – Heart Surgery


“[The lung pillow] was such a nice gesture. It was something different that was his size and only for him.”

Jennifer Ashby has struggled with congenital heart defects since she was young, so she’s no stranger to its difficulties. But when her 18-month-old son had open heart surgery for Atrial Septal Defect and to tighten his […]

Eli’s Story – Heart Surgery2020-05-30T11:08:17-04:00

Gail’s Story – Heart Surgery


“I would literally panic if I misplaced [my pillow], left it in another room.”

On her way to a relaxing session at her regular nail salon, Gail’s life changed dramatically. A massive heart attack lead to bypass surgery, an overwhelming medical situation she hadn’t suspected or ever considered. Here is Gail’s story.

Gail’s Story – Heart Surgery2020-05-30T11:08:27-04:00

Brandi’s Story – Heart Surgery


“[My pillow] was a badge of honor. It symbolized everything I’d been through.”

Sometimes heart failure is not a result of lifestyle choices; in fact, a fluke outside your control can cause it. In Brandi’s case, an infection from a brief stay in a hospital settled in her heart, causing damage to her valves. She had […]

Brandi’s Story – Heart Surgery2020-05-30T11:08:47-04:00

Bill’s Story – Lung Surgery


“Before you have surgery, try to get one of these pillows.”

Sometimes complications crop up after one surgery that take you down a completely different path. Bill Hamilton was in the hospital recovering from lung cancer surgery when his lung collapsed and he had to have a lobectomy. He said the Shumsky Therapeutic Pillow that his […]

Bill’s Story – Lung Surgery2020-05-30T11:09:03-04:00

Ashley’s Story – Open Heart Surgery Recovery


“[My pillow] made me feel like they actually cared about me.”

Imagine needing open heart surgery in your early 30s. Ashley Serna learned several years ago that she had a hole in her heart. It was a birth defect no one had found until then.


Ashley was struggling. She had chest pains and shortness of breath, but […]

Ashley’s Story – Open Heart Surgery Recovery2020-05-30T11:09:23-04:00

Ron’s Story – Open Heart Surgery Recovery


“It’s nice to have that pillow and know that someone cares about you.”

Ron Sabino grew up in New York City, a melting pot of people from around the world. He made it a point to learn how to say something in different languages. What he didn’t know at the time was how caring people from […]

Ron’s Story – Open Heart Surgery Recovery2020-05-30T11:09:39-04:00

Ginger’s Story


“My pillow made all the difference in the world. I still use it today.”

Nothing’s simple when you’re facing open heart surgery for mitral valve disease. Ginger Walden Jinnette was in her 60s when her cardiologist said she needed mitral valve replacement surgery. Here’s her story.


Ginger knew she had pneumonia when she was a child, but […]

Ginger’s Story2020-05-30T11:10:17-04:00