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 Heart to Heart with Anna. So whether you are driving to work, taking a walk, or doing some household chores, you can follow the link below and listen to Jeff and Jessica tell their story.
Jeff is the oldest of three siblings, born in 1977, and the only son to Chris and Jeff Sr. Jeff was just over 4 years old, when Jennifer was born with a congenital heart defect. Growing up, he was responsible for walking Jennifer to the school they both attended and babysitting both sisters. He enjoyed playing most sports, especially hockey, which he still plays.
Jessica Weiner, at 33, is the heart-healthy, youngest of three siblings. Jessica’s sister, Jennifer, was born with Truncus Arteriosus in 1982. Jessica was not yet born when her sister had her first surgery. However, the two siblings, who shared a room growing up, are quite close; Jessica often takes on the role of secondary caregiver to her older sister.