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  • 00:28

    CHD Awareness

    in Health

    Congenital Heart Defects are the #1 birth defect worldwide, yet they are the least publicized. Little research and funding is directed toward CHDs, even though 1 in 85 babies are born with one or more of the 35 different forms recognized. I'll be chatting with Dawn Bent, mother of 3 year-old Natalie Bent, CHD survivor; and Lauren Celeskey, 23 year-old CHD survivor. Listen and call in to chat and learn more about Natalie and Lauren, and how you can spread awareness of congenital heart defects.

  • 00:58

    Making Memories Everyday with our CHD Families

    in Health

    When a parent has a normally healthy child, it's easy to take a day for granted. Conversely, when a parent gives birth to a special needs child, every day takes on new importance. When a parent has a child with a life-threatening illness, each day can seem like a miracle. How do parents of children with congenital heart defects make each day special? How do parents of CHD survivors make memories everyday? What riturals are significant to a special needs family? Should parents create special rituals if a child passes away? When we know that any day could be our last with our CHD survivors, it is even more critical to make each and every day special and to create special memories to sustain us through hospitalizations, medical procedures or, the worst fate a parent can imagine, losing a child too soon.

  • 01:03

    Encore Presentation of "Rainbow Babies: Pregnancy After Losing a Child to a CHD"

    in Health

    "Rainbow babies" are babies who are conceived after women have experienced a stillbirth or after a baby has died. We will discuss the process one woman has decided to go through in order to have her own rainbow baby, who is helping her and how others who have lost a baby to a congenital heart defect might find hope in giving birth to a healthy baby.

    What are the concerns a mother might have in getting pregnant again after having lost a child to a congenital heart defect? What is the likelihood a woman will have more than one child with a congenital heart defect? How do women deal with infertility after having lost a baby to stillbirth or death? These are some of the issues we will address during this episode.

  • 02:59

    ZsHippy and some good vibes!

    in Comedy

    Ava's story will be told by one of the two people who know it best-Ava's Mama. My name is Chessie Vetter and I'm Ava's Mama!
    My husband and I, collectively, would like to raise awareness of Congenital Heart Defects. Prior to Ava's diagnosis, we had minimal knowledge of any CHD. Yet, 1 in every 100 babies are born with some variety of a CHD. I cannot fathom that statistic. It does not seem fair. Nonetheless, it cannot be changed and the only option is to become educated. 
    I'm going to take you, as the reader, through Ava's journey from start to now. If you are reading this then you have shown interest and for that we are thankful and appreciative! 
     

  • 00:30

    Late Night Hoops

    in Basketball

    Late Night Hoops is all new with CHD's John Fanta, who breaks down the latest in the world of college basketball. Fanta welcomes in BIG EAST insider Nick Mueller at 11:15. 

  • 00:45

    Pre-Record "CHDs Around the Globe: The Novick Cardiac Alliance"

    in Health

    Roslyn Rivera is an adult living with CHD whose experience as a patient in the hospital led her to become a pediatric cardiac intensive care nurse. She was diagnosed the day she was born with partial atrio-ventricular septal defect and underwent open-heart surgery at 3 years of age to repair this defect. At 10 years old, she had her 2nd open-heart surgery to replace her mitral valve with a mechanical valve.


     


    Roslyn currently works as a Nurse Educator for the Novick Cardiac Alliance, which is a non-profit organization. With a team of international medical professionals, she travels to developing countries to provide cardiac care and surgery for children.


     


    Find out where Roslyn has gone, what her favorite memory is from working with the Novick Cardiac Alliance and how you, too, can get involved!

  • 00:58

    UFO Audit - Steve Bassett

    in Paranormal

    Steve Bassett and Former Congressman Merrill Cook talk with Erica about the importance of forcing the hand of the US Government with regards to the extraterrestrial presence.
    Stephen Bassett is a leading advocate for ending the 68-year government imposed truth embargo regarding an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race. He is a political activist, lobbyist, commentator, executive director of Paradigm Research Group and executive producer of the X-Conference, the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure (CHD) and the Congressional Hearing Initiative (CHI). His work has been covered extensively by national and international media. See PRG Media Coverage and CHD Media Coverage.

    Since 1996 Bassett has assisted numerous organizations and initiatives working to 1) raise public awareness of the both the extraterrestrial presence and the truth embargo, 2) convene open congressional hearings to take government and agency witness testimony, and 3) incite the political media to appropriately cover the attendant issues. He has appeared on over 1,200 radio and television talk shows and in numerous documentaries speaking to millions of people about the implications and likelihood of "Disclosure" - the formal acknowledgement of the extraterrestrial presence by world governments

  • 00:31

    Empowerment Through Helping Others in the CHD Community

    in Health

    As the parent of a child with a life-threatening heart defect, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the new "heart world" the family is immediately part of. On this show two mothers who have children with critical congenital heart defects (CHDs) will discuss how they became empowered members of the CHD community by tapping into ways to help others in their community. 


    Wayverly Mouse-Evangelista will share how her love of arts and crafts enabled her to find a way to reach out to others in the CHD community. She will share what specific items she has created for the heart community and how others can find them.


    Susan Vanderpool will share how her situation caused her to see a need for vital information in a heartbeat. She will tell us about how she created a product to calm mothers' fears. Having a school-aged child with a major heart defect in school full-time, away from a loving parent, can be a scary prospect. Ms. Vanderpool shares how her product can relieve parents' anxiety about this situation.


    We will also hear from CHD Survivor Natalie McGee how she found a way to give back to her community. Through her own adversity she was able to create a product to help herself and others. Find out what she created and how you can benefit from the creations she and her mother have designed.


    Sometimes reaching out to others in need is the best therapy a person can have!

  • 00:31

    Parenting Changes: When Your CHD Warrior Becomes an Adult

    in Health

    So many of us parents were told that our children wouldn't survive to adulthood decades ago. It's a different world now, with most children born with congenital heart defects having better surgeries and better outcomes than ever before! But what about the transitions parents have to make? As our CHD Warriors go from being children to adults, how does our relationships change? What about medical decisions? What happens when children don't want parents making medical decisions for them? What happens when children are afraid or reluctant to make those decisions themselves? What are some healthy ways parents can make the transition from being the parent of a CHD child to a CHD adult? We'll discuss those issues with one father of an adult daughter and a mother of an adult son. If you've ever wondered if it gets any easier as our children get older, you won't want to miss this show.

  • 00:30

    An Interview with Heart Mom, CHD Advocate and Author Lori M. Jones!

    in Health

    One of the most helpless feelings in the world is being told your child has a congenital heart defect, will need surgery and will have a lifetime of follow-up appointments and untold future procedures. Some parents have great difficulty dealing with this kind of stress, all parents suffer post-traumatic stress syndrome after they hand their children over to a surgeon without knowing if they'll ever see their children alive again. It takes a really special parent to survive that trauma and then to turn that angst into a vehicle to help others. Our interview with Lori M. Jones will cover her involvement as a congenital heart defect  advocate and an author of a book to help others in the CHD community. Join us as we find out what inspired her to reach out to help others, what her greatest challenge was in writing her book and what new projects she has on the horizon.

  • 00:28

    Ruling the World...One Cookie at a Time

    in Health

    Today's episode of Heart to Heart with Anna shows how a heart mom - inspired by her daughter's determination - has begun a successful small business.  The guest for this exciting episode is Jessie Wimmer, who is a heart mom from Charlotte, NC.  She has two beautiful children: Noah and Sparrow, who was born with a congenital heart defect.  Jessie will tell us about the miracle she - and doctors - witnessed in her daughter's life, and how that propelled her towards starting her business: The Cookie Cult.