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Category: Congenital Heart Defects

Half-heart, Whole Body: Part One, A Poster Child Retires

During my first pregnancy my son was diagnosed with congenital heart defects that were “incompatible with life.” Through the following years of multiple open-heart surgeries and other invasive surgical procedures on and around his heart, I was very open about his medical history because I wanted and needed to be understood. I needed people who didn’t know anything about CHD to know about it. I was living through something I never expected when I longed to be a mother. What came of that was a connection with others living the same… Read more Half-heart, Whole Body: Part One, A Poster Child Retires

Good-bye Good Friend

Today my friend Jan died.  She was forty-six years old and celebrated a birthday just a couple of weeks ago.  Now, she’s gone. Even before I had a child with severe CHD, I thought death was pervasive in my life, from my dad and friend Mary, to coworkers and former classmates.  I felt I knew more than my quota of loss. Since becoming a heart mom it’s different.  There was a time when every death shook me and reminded me that this family could have been our family. Then my… Read more Good-bye Good Friend