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  1. Teen Topics – The Top 10 Things to Remember

    It often seems that the “taboo topics” in life aren’t really all that relevant until your teen years. As the seasons change, new milestones come and go.  This can be an especially trying time in the life of an adolescent with congenital heart disease, especially as they are undergoing the major transition of leaving the nest…

  2. CHD and the Taboo Q&A: Your Questions Answered

      Today we revisit a couple of Q&A videos that were originally posted in October of 2017. The first video is an interview with Dr. Madsen, on alcohol and drugs. And the second video is an interview with Dr. Gurvitz on college, tattoos, and contraception.  Dr. Nicolas Madsen – Activity, Drugs & Alcohol, Related Conditions,…

  3. School Intervention Series: Making A Difference

    In the last week in our series on how CHD affects us at school and work, we hear from Kyle Herma, a School Intervention Specialist at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Although this blog was originally posted in the summer of 2017, these tips, tricks, and recommendations for navigating a school’s system as a person who…

  4. Back to School Q&A Panel

    This week, we are continuing to learn about how CHD affects people in their work, or at school. This is an interview that was conducted back in August 2017, but is still relevant to our topic today.    Congratulations on the start of a new school year! Please introduce yourself. What grade will you or…

  5. Over the Counter Medications

    As patients with pre-existing conditions, who may be on a list of prescription medications, it’s important to know which over-the-counter (OTC) medications are safe for CHD patients  Recently at an Adult Congenital Heart Disease Conference, Justina Damiani, Inpatient Cardiology Pharmacist at Lurie Children’s, shared her recommendations for OTC meds, for those everyday illnesses or aches and…

  6. 30 Days of A Grieving Mother

    Losing a child is a trial like no other. There is no one set way to grieve. There is no one way to carry on. In this special post, Heather Speakman, shares part of her family’s journey after the loss of her daughter, Madison.

  7. Social Security Disability Benefits – Adults

    Qualifying for Social Security Disability Benefits as an Adult with CHD   Tens of thousands of adults are thriving with congenital heart defects. While many are able to live full lives, it’s possible that at some point your heart function will decrease and you’re unable to maintain employment. If you’re no longer able to work…

  8. Father’s Day – A Heart Dad How-To

    For Heart Dads new to CHD,  feeling a little lost, or those not sure where they fit in the CHD world, Aaron Carpenter shares what he found, after 8 years on the CHD roller coaster, worked best for him and his family. His tips just might help you too! I am the dad of two…

  9. Father’s Day – I See You, Heart Dad

    Often times, Heart Dads do the behind the scenes work, the work that the world can’t see. Yet, in truth, their job as dad, their love, their encouragement  and concern doesn’t go unnoticed by the ones that matter. Diana Schneider shares with us just how special a role her husband plays in their family and…

  10. Father’s Day – Amit’s Story

    Being a first time father, while exciting, can be stressful on its own. Add to it the prospect of your child being born with multiple heart defects, and the excitement over your first child turns to fear. This week, Amit Shah shares his story, learning his son’s diagnosis and how it has changed the meaning…

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