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The Spirit of the Heart: Stories of Family, Hope, Loss, and Healing

The-spirit-of-the-heart“Life imitates art” ~ Ismael Nuño

I had the joy last week of speaking with former leading cardiac surgeon Dr. Ismael Nuño about his book, The Spirit of the Heart: Stories of Family, Hope, Loss, and Healing, his life as a surgeon and his life today.

The Spirit of the Heart: Stories of Family, Hope, Loss, and Healing  is a collection of heart-warming stories that resonate at the core of our humanness. Fixing “broken” hearts gave Dr. Nuño a unique and intimate view into the power of the heart. Over the years he learned that even while coming face to face with death and losing patients, there is a beauty that can exist, even in loss. Dr. Nuño graciously offers the insights he has gained from occupying a front-row seat at some of life’s most real and raw moments. Part memoir, part self-help – these tender stories teach us about what it means to be human, to be connected to others, to love, to live, to forgive.- from the book.

The death of his daughter Catherine at 18 years of age was the inspiration for the book.

” I wrote the book The Spirit of the Heart to put on paper the journey of humans that travel through the farewell of another human being, of a  loved one.  I wanted to leave a legacy of love, tenderness and a record that once a beautiful young girl walked amongst us.”

When I first started to read this book I thought it was going to be a “bit medical” for me. What I found was a man who I discovered at 5 years of age had decided he was going to fix hearts. The stories in this book show true compassion, a total dedication to his profession and lots of spirit. There is joy, triumph and humor, along with sadness, loss and healing. The 41 stories are short and inspiring and stand alone.

Ismael is a doctor who pushed the boundaries and his surgical technique changed one day after he went to the movies and saw the film “The Doctor” with William Hurt. He saw Hurt pushing the envelope and thought I can do that. He then tried some of the “wild” things he had seen on the screen and he changed his methods. Today he advises the script writers at ABC Studios Hollywood on shows such as Grey’s Anatomy.

Listen to the light hearted interview and be uplifted

Download MP3  27 mins

Here is Ismael in the white coat that he used to put on each day and he still sees each morning in he wardrobe that he spoke about in the interview.

Dr ismael Nuno

This is a book that will possibly raise many questions, it will inspire, give you moments of sadness, others of pure joy. You will get an insight into a very passionate human being who before he even knew what a heart was decided he was going to fix hearts. Ismael Nuño has made a difference in his life and the lives of others and from talking with him and reading on his website he is still creating ripples of change.

He is a Change Warrior and may have inspired the revival of this series. 

Dr. Nuño was born in Mexico. He obtained his MD in 1976. He received training in General Surgery and subsequently in Cardio-Thoracic surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Nuño was in the US Army for a period of ten years. He was Deputy Commander for 5th MASH during the Gulf War. The last 15 years of his career were as Chief of Cardiac Surgery at LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.He is now retired and lives in Marina del Rey, California./

You can read more about Ismael on his website and buy the book at Amazon /

Be Love
Namaste
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Suzie Cheel

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Thanks to Rebecca Brown of  The Cadence Group for asking me to review the book

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Suzie Cheel

Heart Whisperer
Suzie Cheel The Real Deal BE YOU BECOME ABUNDANT is her mantra Suzie is a Creative Gamechanging Visionary, Artist, Author, Intuitive Healer & Speaker. Law of Attraction trainer. The founder of The Heart Whisper Movement, creator of the Heart Whisper Oracle Cards that were born out of a near death experience, when her kidneys stopped functioning. Suzie found her true purpose here. . She was here to open people’s hearts to love. Her mission: to empower people to create abundant lives, through being powered by love and living their passion. Yes, Love Yourself into Abundance™. Suzie now mentors Creative Visionaries to Love themselves into Limitless Abundance & live a life of Freedo. Then they create successful profitable businesses that make a difference to their lives, their families, communities and the world. Yes creating ripples of change in the word of Gandhi Be the change you need to see in the world

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25 thoughts on “The Spirit of the Heart: Stories of Family, Hope, Loss, and Healing”

  1. Suzie, I love you accent. I am glad that I pressed play and listened to the interview v just reading about the book. I cannot imagine losing a child and I commend this heart doctor channeling his pain and love for her in encouraging people at a time of deep sorrow. His daughter sounds very much like my own. My daughter once saved her food while we were at a restaurant for a homeless man outside. She is 7 now and an angel. These are the stories that help immortalize the beauty of our life and make it worth it despite the heartaches we experience when the flame burns out. Thanks for this beautiful share.

  2. We are culturally taught in so many ways that death is a “loss” yes it is inevitable. I prefer to look at it as a time of celebration for the unique gifts we each brought to the world. I look forward to the interview- downloading for during my walk, thanks, Suzie!

  3. Hi Suzie,

    This sounds like a beautiful book–I will have to check it out! It reminds me of a book that I’ve been wanting to read called Erasing Death, which is about the experiences of people who are revived after they’ve died in the hospital. I realize this book is about something very different, but I find these kinds of books interesting, nevertheless–will have to add it to my list!

    ~Christina

  4. What an honorable and compassionate space. The journey to Transition is one we rarely speak of and should receive more honor and attention. Thank you for your writing!
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