Lisa Ganley could only roll her eyes.
On a number of nights, she suddenly found herself wide awake due to her husband's persistent snoring.
And that wasn't all.
"His legs shook constantly," she said.
While those things had a tendency to drive her crazy, Lisa knew she couldn't do anything about it.
He was the love of her life and she would never dare ask him to change.
Fortunately, he hasn't.
After a tumultuous several weeks, Lisa is more than happy to be suddenly awoken by a rather loud noise or perhaps, a mild kick.
She hopes such annoyances never go away as long as they live.
"It's actually refreshing now," she said.
Despite big game, illness takes its toll
Hudson resident John Ganley, 49, works as a manager of business development for Timken in Canton.
He and Lisa have three sons. Their oldest son is 20-year-old Tyler Ganley, a 2010 Hudson graduate.
Tyler's two younger brothers are 18-year-old Connor, a 2013 Hudson graduate who is planning to play lacrosse at Widener University in Chester, Pa., and 15-year-old Austin, a sophomore goaltender on the Hudson ice hockey team.
Sports have played a huge role in the family's lives.
If John wasn't sitting in the stands watching his sons play hockey or lacrosse, he could be found on the softball field.
He played in the Hudson Community Education and Recreation 40-and-older league for a softball team called T-Bones.
On June 7, T-Bones had an epic battle with Kepner's. The game, which began around 8:45 p.m., went into extra innings with the score tied at 18.
John, who was T-Bones' starting third baseman, was having a stellar game. In five at bats, he had a double, a triple and a run scored.
But something was wrong.
John didn't feel quite right as the game reached the top of the seventh inning.
"I remember leaving the house after eating a meatball sandwich," he said. "I went to the field and started playing just like I normally do.
"Around the seventh inning, I didn't feel so good. I just thought it was something I ate."
Since his condition didn't improve, John asked his manager, Tom Podmore, if they could switch positions.
Podmore was the team's right fielder at the time.
John felt that the switch was necessary since playing third base tends to be a bit more demanding than playing in right field.
"The outfield could let me relax because it's kind of boring," John said.
John got through the seventh inning without any incidents.
Nevertheless, he still felt extremely uncomfortable.
Still, John didn't think anything was out of the ordinary. And of course, he wanted to play.
When the eighth inning arrived, John asked his manager if he could switch again.
"I wanted to move to catcher since all I had to do was throw the ball back to the pitcher," he said.
John went behind the backstop in the eighth. Unfortunately, the picture got a bit hazy for him after that.
"I remember getting one pitch," John said. "I caught the ball and threw it back to the pitcher. The next thing I remember is waking up in a hospital."
The collapse at home plate
A player from Kepner's hit a single in the top of the eighth with the go-ahead run on base.
As the outfielder tracked the ball, T-Bones shortstop Dee Edwards got himself in position to take the relay throw.
It never came.
"John is laying face down on home plate," Edwards said. "All of us ran toward him and we tried to turn him over. He's gasping for air."
At that point, everyone on the field knew something was seriously wrong.
"We thought he was having a seizure," Edwards said. "We checked his tongue and his lips started turning blue."
The situation proved to be chilling to everyone involved. It was especially haunting for Edwards to see.
"I've known John for the last seven or eight years," he said. "I coached his kid in hockey and our kids were on the same teams. We really became close the last two years. My middle daughter has dated his youngest son."
Edwards knew he had to act fast. And he also knew he might have been John's only hope.
Edwards, who spent time as an assistant coach with the Hudson ice hockey team, is certified in CPR.
"I used to sit in those classes and I thought to myself, 'I'm never going to use this stuff,'" he said.
Thankfully, Edwards didn't have to save his friend by himself. A member of the opposing team also was certified in CPR.
Thad Bosman, who has been employed at Twinsburg Chiropractor for the last 27 years, decided to make his presence known.
"We flipped him over and cleared his airways a bit," Bosman said. "I knew I had my [oxygen] mask in my car, which was about 30 feet away from the field."
Once they flipped him over, the two individuals, who had never met each other prior to the game, went to work.
"I was doing the chest compressions and Thad did the mouth to mouth," Edwards said. "When he was gasping, it clicked in my head that he was having a heart attack. It made sense since he was complaining of heartburn."
As the two men went to work while others tried to hold John steady, Jen Riddell, the wife of T-Bones' player Randy Riddell, knew she had to take action.
"I said, 'We have to call his wife,'" Jen said. "My husband is a cancer survivor so I would want somebody to let me know."
Jen grabbed Dee's phone out of his car and called Lisa, who she had never met.
"God bless Jen," Edwards said. "She was the poor soul who had to make the unfortunate call."
Jen knew she couldn't sugarcoat her words. This was a dire situation and she had to get straight to the point.
"I told her, 'I'm very sad to call you, but your husband collapsed and I think you should be here,'" Jen said.
Lisa found herself paralyzed by the situation. She wasn't prepared to hear the worst news she could possibly hear.
"It was very frightening," Lisa said. "I was in such shock that I told her I didn't know where the field was."
Since Lisa was so distraught, Connor grabbed the keys and took his mother to the field. They were joined by Austin, Lisa's mother, Carol Conboy, and Connor's friend, Zack Vehar.
When they reached the field, John was receiving CPR in the ambulance.
Still disoriented, Lisa didn't know how to get to the hospital. But help wasn't too far away.
A stranger told her to follow him to the hospital.
"Words can't express the gratitude we have for the people that helped," Lisa said. "If this happened at my home, I don't think I could have done it.
"Thankfully, there were people that did what they needed to do. They are on the top of my list of greatest people."
Not out of the woods yet
Lisa got to the hospital around 11 p.m.
After waiting for what seemed like an eternity, she saw her husband at 2:30 a.m.
She prepared for the worst.
"Two nurses made a phone call and they decided to take me to a family room," Lisa said. "Maybe I've watched too many episodes of 'ER' or something, but when I heard that, I honestly thought he was gone."
John was still alive, but Lisa didn't like what she saw. She could barely recognize her husband.
"When I saw him, he was hooked up to all kinds of machines," Lisa said. "He was put in a medically-induced coma. He was kept that way for 24 hours."
Thanks to the work of Edwards and Bosman, along with the ambulance crew from Hudson EMS, John's heart was fine.
His brain, on the other hand, was still on shaky ground.
"I got to the hospital around midnight and sat with Lisa," Edwards said. "I was more concerned about him having brain damage because of a lack of oxygen."
The following day proved to be just as stressful for Lisa. Her husband's condition still hadn't improved.
"When I went to his room the following morning, I asked someone, 'Is he going to die?'" Lisa said. "I was told 50-50. It was the worst day of my life."
Signs of life start to show
John had a number of tubes in his body and also wore a vest with a soft, wrapped-up helmet around his head to cool his brain.
Lisa was told John would not come out of his coma for at least 12 to 60 hours.
Amazingly, he woke up much sooner.
"I called the hospital [June 9] at 8 a.m. and was told that he warmed up faster than they thought," Lisa said.
John soon was able to eventually open his eyes and squeeze the nurse's hands.
And not long after that, John uttered his first words.
"He could only whisper, but he asked, 'What happened?'" Lisa said. "We told him he had a heart attack at the softball game. The next thing he asked was, 'Who won?'"
Lisa could only smile and shake her head. Things were going be OK after all.
"The nurse we had was unbelievable," Lisa said. "She saw that I was very upset. She sat by my side to reassure me. She told me I needed to know the negative, but I have to think positive. She was like my therapist."
No place like home
John, who suffered some cracked ribs because of the CPR, finally left the hospital after seven days.
Sadly, he didn't have time to get too comfortable.
"I had a couple of complications and I had to go back in," John said. "I felt good the next day and most of the day after that, but then in the evening, I felt sick.
"The pain was overwhelming and I didn't sleep very well. I was still lethargic the next morning. All of those things were signs of complications."
John returned to the hospital and had some chest X-rays.
"The following day, I had a huge infection on my arm," he said. "I was wondering if I had a blood clot."
Fortunately for John, his infection wasn't serious.
After spending more time in the hospital, John eventually went home for good.
"No question, my family was a huge help," he said. "My mother-in-law was really helpful. She took notes when the doctor spoke and also recorded some of the information.
"Lisa was fantastic. She helped me do everything. I can't say enough about her."
Getting back in the swing of things
When a person is healthy, it's easy to take the little things for granted.
And then, just like that, those simple tasks suddenly become near impossible challenges.
John found that out the hard way.
"When I got off the couch to go to the kitchen, my body felt like a 90-year-old man," he said. "It would take me five minutes to get there and I would be so sore, weak and dizzy."
One day, John went to get the mail. It took him at least six minutes just do that.
He also needed some assistance to go up the stairs. Sometimes, more than one person was needed.
A return to normalcy
John said he is about 95 percent back to where he was.
He recently returned to work and also made a trip to the softball field as a spectator.
"I've never seen a grown man get so many hugs," Podmore said.
"I've been running three miles every few days and I'm doing some cardio rehab," John said. "I run mostly on a treadmill. If I run outside, I need someone to go with me."
He actually got back on the field recently.
Playing third base, John smacked a double and was part of an amazing comeback. Trailing 15-0 to Old Spikes in their playoff game, T-Bones rallied to earn an improbable 25-22 win.
"We hadn't even gotten through our batting order yet when coach Podmore started a rally," John said. "It was great to see everyone and play again."
Prior to the game, Hudson EMS did a hands-only training session for all the teams on the field. John spoke at the event.
"Dee and I are going to continue to speak at CPR events," he said. "That's what saved my life. If Dee and Thad weren't there, it might have been a different outcome."
Pardon Edwards and Bosman if they don't see it that way. Both of them insist they are getting way more credit than they deserve.
"I was glad I was there to help and do my part," Edwards said. "I would do it again in a second. The real heroes are the EMS guys and the doctors. I'm happy I was part of the process. I knocked the first domino down to get the process going."
"I don't look at myself as a hero," Bosman said. "I don't know how I would have done it by myself. It would have been a lot tougher."
A number of players in the league have taken part in CPR training sessions.
"We just want to get people involved," Lisa said. "My friends from Connecticut are getting trained because of what happened."
As for John, he will continue to lead a normal life.
In other words, he will live a life he enjoyed before he started feeling ill June 7.
"I had the easy part," John said. "I was the one who woke up and had a sore chest. I didn't have to deal with the turmoil like everyone else."v