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  1. Summer Fun with Artyom and Taosies!

    This week we will hear from Artyom and Taosies, two heart brothers who love to have fun during the summer! Together, they share tips on how to beat the heat and have a blast this summer! The thought of summer conjures images of sunshine, swimming pools, road trips, neighborhood block parties, and lots of time…

  2. Summer Fun at Camp Odayin

    For the month of July, we are bringing you stories of how CHD families enjoy the summer, along with tips and tricks on how CHD patients can beat the heat. This week we will hear from Laura Hoagland, an adult CHD patient and avid adventurer. Laura shares her experience with Camp Odayin and explains how…

  3. Tips to Beat the Summer Heat

    The summertime sunshine can be a welcome treat after a long winter, but it can also be dangerous. Many people with complex CHD have difficulty tolerating the summer heat. Here’s a reboot of what our community of families and patients shared with us about what they do to beat the heat during the hottest season….

  4. A New Plan

    Finding out your child will be born with a heart defect may cause some of the plans you have for them to disappear, it may cause you to question whether you can be the parent to them that you hoped. Read how dad, Matt, learned to adjust his dreams for his son and encourage him to do HIS best.

  5. All Life’s Moments Are Brush Strokes

    All Life’s Moments Are Brush Strokes

    Like Monet’s San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk, our lives are full of small strokes of color that require us to take a step back to see the bigger picture. Heart Dad, Chris Perez, shares how he’s learned to view his family’s journey with CHD this way.

  6. To My Mom…

    In this open letter, one HLHS warrior shares what he loves most about his mom.

  7. Mother’s Day Q&A

    In this week’s blog, amazing heart moms, warriors, and 2 junior advocates talk motherhood and what they love most about their moms in this mother’s day Q&A.

  8. Head and Heart with Dr. Creel

    For the month of April, we are exploring mental health, and what mental health means for a CHD family.Today we’ll hear from Dr. Creel, a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, as she shares her experience with CHD families.   Fifteen years ago, when I first began my work in the field of working with heart patients, both…

  9. “Taboo” ACHD Activities

    **Disclaimer: ADULT CONTENT** Today’s post is on a subject that people with CHD don’t always discuss, but it is a very important topic nonetheless: sex. Below is one woman’s account of what it’s like to be with her husband and have CHD. Due to the sensitive nature of this topic our blogger has asked to…

  10. 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,…