It only seems natural that people who have survived extremely stressful situations should have some kind of backlash to endure. How do members of the congenital heart defect community deal with the stress involved with surgeries, waiting between surgeries, surviving while others around you don’t make it and, perhaps the most insidious of situations – how to survive seemingly “innocent” environments or questions from friends, loved ones or even strangers that all of a sudden pull you back to a dreaded time and place, perhaps best forgotten? Today’s Episode deals with these questions and more as two adult survivors of congenital heart defects, Lauren Bednarz and Yasmin Southwood, discuss dealing with Anxiety and Survivor’s Guilt. Brybe Bagwill, the father of a child with a serious congenital heart defect discusses how he discovered he had PostTraumatic Stress Disorder and how he’s coping with it.
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