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  1. 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.

  2. Options- With Dr. Gurvitz

    In the final week of our October theme, we hear from Dr. Gurvitz, who explores the many different options that women with CHD have, when they are thinking about starting a family.  As both a pediatric and adult congenital cardiologist, I have learned to care for all ages of patients in many different circumstances.  As…

  3. Welcoming Oliver

    This week we are continuing to explore the challenges of pregnancy for women with CHD. Today we will hear from Deanna, a heart warrior, who discusses the complications of pregnancy. However in the end, it was all worth it.  Like so many women with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD), I have been told many things about…

  4. A Mother’s Love

    “Pregnancy is hard. Having a congenital heart defect (CHD) during pregnancy is even harder.”
    Loryn McGill is a heart warrior and mother. Loryn shares her experience with pregnancy, and discusses the challenges and beauty, of motherhood.

  5. The Grenier Family

    As young women with CHD, female patients are often cautioned against the idea of pregnancy, as they start to explore the idea of building a family. This October, we will hear from strong, CHD warrior women, as they share their miracle birth stories. Today, Anik Grenier shares the journey she and her husband took to create…

  6. The Joy Siblings

    This week we are continuing to explore how CHD affects our siblings. Johnathan shares how his sister Abbigail, has affected his perspective on life, and the lessons he has learned from her.    My sister Abbigail was born with heart defects in 2008 and passed away at two months old.  At first it didn’t affect…

  7. Lauren and Korrin

    This 3rd week of September, we share another special sibling story. Today we hear from Korrin Wells, a sibling who just happens to be that of our Blog Coordinator! Korrin discusses how CHD has affected her, and the lessons it has to offer.  As a child growing up with an older sister with CHD, one of…

  8. The Weiner Siblings

    This week, we continue to hear from our siblings and how growing up with a CHD warrior has affected their lives. Today,  we share an interview given by Jeff and Jessica Weiner, siblings of Jennifer Weiner, our former blog coordinator and current Lead ACHD Volunteer.  Their thoughts come to you through a podcast hosted by…

  9. Amy and Gretta

    On this holiday weekend, we are beginning our series on Siblings. We will be dedicating the September theme to their stories, their journey with CHD . Our siblings voices are not often heard through the the chaos that can come with appointments and procedures, but CHD takes its toll on them as well.  This week,…

  10. Inside Out

    Our last August post is a throwback! Today’s guest blog comes from Stephanie, who shares how her priorities have changed, since her daughter, Maggie, was born with a heart defect. This was originally posted in May of 2014.    I used to really care about elections and politics.  As a political fundraiser, I took it…