Heart to Heart with Anna

Anna Jaworski

"Heart to Heart with Anna" is the longest-running podcast devoted to the congenital heart defect (CHD) community. Our shows feature Survivors, family members, medical professionals and others in the CHD community who wish to share their stories, expertise, and advice. This show is devoted to empowering, educating and enriching the lives of members of the CHD community. read less
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Embracing the Heartbeat of Motherhood: Meagan Houpt’s Adoption Journey
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Embracing the Heartbeat of Motherhood: Meagan Houpt’s Adoption Journey
When Megan Houpt made the heart-wrenching decision to pursue adoption over pregnancy due to her heart condition, it struck a chord with me as a heart mom. Together, we unfold her narrative in this episode, navigating the complexities of adoption with a CHD. From the intricate dance of home studies to the emotional synergy with a birth mother, we journey through Megan's path to motherhood. The adoption landscape can be arduous, yet it's traversed with hope and culminates in the joyous arrival of Hunter Hart, a name rich with significance. (https://www.facebook.com/HLHSMeaganHoupt)In the second segment of the podcast, we continue reading from The Heart of a Heart Warrior Volume One: Survival. This week, we complete Chapter 3: Being Active with CHD.The courage of those facing congenital heart defects takes center stage as we share stories of triumph and transformation. Hear how heart warriors like and Alicia Lynch and Megan Tones find ways to be active, despite having complex congenital heart defects.Megan takes us on an Egyptian odyssey that defies the ordinary. Imagine scaling Mount Sinai and wandering amidst ancient temples, all while balancing the intricacies of medical needs with the thrill of adventure. Her narrative captures the essence of wanderlust, peppered with humor and humanity, proving that even with health challenges, the zest for exploration knows no bounds. Alicia inspires us with her journal entries which lead us from a time of despair to a time of rejoicing.In Chapter 4: CHDs Around the GlobeAmy M. Le, Ellen Banoub, and Belen Blanton channel their battles into creating waves of change and offering a helping hand to others within the CHD community. Amy's pivot from a tech giant to a champion for indie writers, Ellen's leap from a CHD survivor to a beacon of support, and Belen’s recounting of finding God’s mission for her showcase the remarkable resilience and tenacity inherent in our human spirit.Join us, and let these tales of bravery, resilience, and the indomitable will to embrace life’s adventures inspire you.February 2024 Baby Hearts Press announcementSupport the showAnna's Buzzsprout Affiliate LinkBaby Blue Sound CollectiveSocial Media Pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagramMeWeTwitterYouTubeWebsite
Resilience in Motion: The Unseen Struggles of Adult Life with Congenital Heart Defects
Feb 21 2024
Resilience in Motion: The Unseen Struggles of Adult Life with Congenital Heart Defects
Navigating life with congenital heart defects (CHD) is a journey of resilience and emotional fortitude. As I converse with my fellow heart mom, Rita Scoggins, we unearth the layers of complexity that come with raising adult children affected by CHD. This episode goes beyond the clinical; it’s an intimate foray into the emotional and logistical preparations for life's greatest certainties, including power-of-attorney arrangements and will preparations, while also considering the implications for our adult children and beloved pets upon our passing.Segment 2 showcases co-editors Megan Tones and Anna Jaworski reading Chapter 2 of The Heart of a Heart Warrior Volume One: SurvivalThe heart of the chapter beats to the rhythm of personal stories that exemplify the myriad ways individuals with CHD find identity and purpose. From Hope’s inspiring transition and embrace of her true self as a transgender woman, to Jason Crutchley's dedication to volunteerism, and Christie Sillman's leap into a nursing career, these narratives are a testament to the strength found in the CHD community. These journeys illuminate how our warriors, often dubbed so for their battles against physical conditions, also strive for agency and the power of choice in defining their lives.Segment 3 showcases the first two essays from Chapter 3 of The Heart of a Heart Warrior Volume One: SurvivalPhysical activity, often seen as a mountain too high for those with CHD, emerges as a pinnacle of personal triumph in these essays. Lorrie Hill's career pivot, and Michael Hills' adaptation to sports outside his initial dreams, are stories that underscore the tenacity of the human spirit. These anecdotes are not just about overcoming limitations, but about redefining personal goals and embracing one's passions, all while living with the realities of a congenital heart condition. Join us for this heartfelt exploration of life's challenges and victories.Won’t you join us while we discuss these essays in our next Book Study? Co-editors Megan Tones and Anna Jaworski are joined by contributors to the book and others who want to discuss the topics raised in the book. These 1-hour sessions take place on Zoom. Visit Baby Hearts Press for more information.Did you miss hearing Chapter One or the Front Matter of the book? Here are the links:Front matter (Foreword, Preface, and Introduction): http://tinyurl.com/H2HwAnnaE434Chapter 1: http://tinyurl.com/H2HandChapter1February 2024 Baby Hearts Press announcementSupport the showAnna's Buzzsprout Affiliate LinkBaby Blue Sound CollectiveSocial Media Pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagramMeWeTwitterYouTubeWebsite
Threads of Resilience Sewn by Heart Moms and Their Children with CHDs
Feb 13 2024
Threads of Resilience Sewn by Heart Moms and Their Children with CHDs
Navigating the torrent of emotions that come with being a heart mom to an adult child, Rita Scoggins and I, Anna Jaworski, unfold the layers of our unique journey. Our intimate conversation traverses the evolution of care, from the hands-on nurturing of our children's younger years to the complexities of supporting their maturity and independence. We delve into the potent mix of pride and concern, sharing stories that resonate with anyone who understands the pull of a parent's heartstrings as their children, like Rita's daughter Victoria, and Anna’s daughter Hope, carve out lives shaped by both their challenges and triumphs.This episode continues with reading from The Heart of a Heart Warrior Volume One: Survival. In this episode, co-editors Megan Tones and Anna Jaworski, take turns reading essays from the book. In Chapter One we read the narratives of heart warriors who've faced body insecurities and the trials of scoliosis with courage. Laura Ryan's story, in particular, shines as a beacon of hope; her transformative experience at the waterslides in Lancaster, learning to embrace her surgery scars, offers a deep dive into the power of empathy and connection. We hear how individuals like Michael McKelvey and Dajah Scrivner channel their pain and resilience into poignant expressions of life with CHD.Our episode doesn't simply share stories; it offers a lattice of support, exploring how adaptive clothing and familial love can buoy spirits amidst adversity. As we discuss the importance of finding strength in community and the solace of shared experiences, we invite you to join us in a space that celebrates overcoming obstacles and the beauty of human connection. For all who walk the path with heart-defect warriors, this conversation is a testament to the enduring spirit and the ties that bind us all.Rita’s other podcast episodes:Rita, Victoria, and Heidi Scoggins on The CHC Podcast: ‘Taking Control of Your Heart Condition’ Rita as a Guest Host on Heart to Heart with Anna interviewing Laura Ryan. ‘Heart Warrior Mom Raising Children to Adulthood’Rita and Victoria Scoggins on Heart to Heart with Anna: ‘Congenital Heart Defect Awareness 2015’Learn more about our The Heart of a Heart Warrior Volume One: Survival Book Study and join us to discuss the book and share your stories. Support the showAnna's Buzzsprout Affiliate LinkBaby Blue Sound CollectiveSocial Media Pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagramMeWeTwitterYouTubeWebsite
Heart Month News February 2024 and an Audiobook Surprise!
Feb 6 2024
Heart Month News February 2024 and an Audiobook Surprise!
This episode of Heart to Heart with Anna involves news regarding Heart Month 2024. In this episode, you’ll learn about who our guest next week will be, how Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day came to be and what it has evolved to. You’ll also learn about how Baby Hearts Press, a publishing company devoted to the CHD community, has a special sale for Heart Month and how we’ll be conducting a Book Study of Volume One of The Heart of a Heart Warrior. You’ll also learn about the new writers’ platform we’re working with to create some new books. Scribophile is a place for writers to come together to support one another. Join us in the Heart to Heart group for information for the CHD community.Lastly, I’ll be sharing some behind-the-scenes information about The Heart of a Heart Warrior, our Kickstarter campaign, and why I’ve decided to record the audiobook this month—and give it away freely on Heart to Heart with Anna. This episode features the front matter of the Kickstarter edition of the book. The Kickstarter edition of The Heart of a Heart Warrior contains the first three volumes in one hardcover edition of the book. In this podcast episode, you’ll hear me reading the poem that starts our book—‘I am a Miracle Child’ by Becca Atherton, the Dedication, Foreword, Preface, Acknowledgements, Introduction, and the opening to Volume One: Survival.Helpful Links:Baby Hearts Press Submission Page: https://www.babyheartspress.com/submissionsBaby Hearts Press Bookstore: https://babyheartspress.myshopify.com/Scribophile Heart to Heart Group: https://www.scribophile.com/groups/heart-to-heart-writing-group/Victoria and Rita’s episode about CHD Awareness: http://tinyurl.com/VictoriaScogginsSupport the showAnna's Buzzsprout Affiliate LinkBaby Blue Sound CollectiveSocial Media Pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagramMeWeTwitterYouTubeWebsite
Enriching Lives with CHD Support Networks and Healing Stories
Jan 31 2024
Enriching Lives with CHD Support Networks and Healing Stories
Embark with us as we illuminate the enduring pulse of Hearts Unite the Globe, the non-profit championing an array of deeply impactful podcasts. From the heartfelt dialogues of Heart to Heart with Anna to the comforting echoes of Bereaved but Still Me, we're uniting voices across the congenital heart disease (CHD) community. Our mission extends beyond conversation; it's a call to empower, educate, and enrich the lives entwined with CHD and bereavement. We're unveiling exciting tweaks to our website, orchestrated by the talented Lauren England, that streamline your access to our treasure trove of resources and introduce a town hall-style podcast format that embraces the shared experiences of our listeners.The journey continues as we traverse the landscape of loss and healing, led by the poignant narratives from Michael Liben's Bereaved But Still Me to the hope-infused Everyday Miracles. As executive producer, I wear my pride on my sleeve for the platform we've created that fosters profound conversations on life's toughest trials. Dive into the compassionate offerings on the HUG website, where support groups, therapy options, and unique programs like bravery beads await to guide individuals at every step of their heart journey. Discover the myriad of voices represented in our podcasts, including the wisdom of those who've walked the path of grief, and let them be your beacon of light in the darker moments.As the episode draws to a close, we raise the banner for the unwavering support these families need, recognizing the vital role of organizations like the Adult Congenital Heart Association and the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Collaborative. The heart's resilience is mirrored in the community itself, where heart-related camps offer solace and solidarity. Your support is the lifeline for our mission, and we invite you to contribute in any way you can—financially, as a volunteer, or simply by sharing our cause. Together, let's forge ahead towards the momentous goal of hiring an executive director, and continue to extend our hand to more families navigating through the world of CHD.Visit the HUG website here: https://www.heartsunitetheglobe.comAnother way you can help financially is to subscribe via Buzzsprout here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/62761/supporters/newSupport the showAnna's Buzzsprout Affiliate LinkBaby Blue Sound CollectiveSocial Media Pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagramMeWeTwitterYouTubeWebsite
From Manuscript to Masterpiece: Tales of Tenacity and Triumph
Jan 16 2024
From Manuscript to Masterpiece: Tales of Tenacity and Triumph
Ever wonder about the emotional odyssey of creating a book that captures the essence of human resilience? My co-editor Megan Tones and I, Anna Jaworski, take you on the intimate trek behind "The Heart of a Heart Warrior," from the flicker of an idea to the jubilance of publication. Our conversation unwraps the passion and dedication needed to weave together stories that resonate with the spirit of heart warriors and their families, reflecting on the Kickstarter campaign that turned our hardcover dream into reality. We invite listeners to be part of our ever-growing narrative quilt, emphasizing that the heartbeat of our work is the voices we empower. Turning the page, we navigate the nitty-gritty of book formatting, a task as challenging as it is crucial. Converting our labor of love into an e-book format presented us with a labyrinth of technical hiccups, where attention to detail became our guiding light. We discuss the importance of meticulous proofreading and editing, ensuring the stories we hold dear don't lose their essence in translation. The warmth and excitement of the community's embrace of our work remind us that these stories are not just ours—they belong to all who find solace and strength in them.Our episode rounds off with a look at the power of collaborative writing platforms, particularly Scribophile, where we foster the growth of aspiring authors. By moving beyond the confines of Facebook groups, we provide a structured sanctuary for creativity and constructive critique. Sharing the touching narratives of CHD siblings, we shed light on the oft-overlooked heroes whose stories of strength and solidarity are as influential as those of the heart warriors themselves. As we announce future collaborations with co-editors Desiree Vaught and Sheri Turner, we extend an invitation: whether your medium is words or art, your story has a home with us.To learn more about Baby Hearts Press submissions, use this link: https://www.babyheartspress.com/submissionsScribophile group link: https://www.scribophile.com/groups/heart-to-heart-writing-group/Support the showAnna's Buzzsprout Affiliate LinkBaby Blue Sound CollectiveSocial Media Pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagramMeWeTwitterYouTubeWebsite
Embracing Healing: The Synergy of Functional Medicine, Aromatherapy, and Spirituality
Jan 10 2024
Embracing Healing: The Synergy of Functional Medicine, Aromatherapy, and Spirituality
Have you ever felt the tug of curiosity towards an approach to mental health that strays from the conventional path? Today, I'm thrilled to welcome Valerie Chavez MD and Ryan Hunter to share their insights on functional medicine's transformative role in mental health care, especially for those touched by congenital heart defects. Together, we unpack the personalized care that functional medicine offers, emphasizing the power of lifestyle changes and stress reduction to unleash the body's remarkable healing abilities. Our conversation reveals how addressing the unique underlying causes of health issues leads to profound improvements in emotional and physical well-being.A brush with the serene world of aromatherapy during our discussion spotlights the soothing properties of essential oils, proving invaluable within the high-tension walls of an ICU. We recall how the scent of chamomile provided a tranquil harbor for anxious parents navigating the stormy seas of a child's hospital stay. Through anecdotes and expert advice, we navigate the practicalities of integrating these calming fragrances into stressful environments, while also honoring the deeply rooted emotional connections our sense of smell can evoke. It's a sensory journey that underscores the link between our olfactory experiences and our mental landscape.As our heartfelt dialogue draws to a close, we explore the interplay between spirituality and mental health. Discover how HeartMath's biofeedback tools bring peace and coherence to both adults and children and delve into the ancient wisdom of the Four Agreements, discussing its potential to shape our mental health practices. We also confront the theme of forgiveness, its role in our lives, and the catharsis of releasing resentment. As I bid you farewell until our next conversation, I invite you to continue exploring these topics on the CHC Podcast – Congenital Heart Conversations, where we unite, inspire, and empower the Congenital Heart Disease community through stories and support.Websites You May Find Helpful:Valerie Chavez’ website: https://gutmend.com/Ryan Hunter’s website: https://functionalcoachingtx.com/HeartMath website: https://www.heartmath.com/Book Mentioned in the Episode which may interest you:The Four Agreements by Don Miguel RuizIt Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle by Mark WolynnThe Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel A. van der KolkWhen the Body Says No: Understanding the Stress Disease Connection by Gabor Maté, M.D. Link to the first functional medicine episode: Exploring Functional Medicine: Harnessing the Power of Essential Oils and Holistic Health Approaches: https://www.buzzsprout.com/62761/13711353Support the showAnna's Buzzsprout Affiliate LinkBaby Blue Sound CollectiveSocial Media Pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagramMeWeTwitterYouTubeWebsite
Uniting Hearts: A Decade of Hope, Support, and Volunteerism
Jan 2 2024
Uniting Hearts: A Decade of Hope, Support, and Volunteerism
As I sit back and reflect on Heart to Heart with Anna in the year 2023, I want you to celebrate with me, Anna Jaworski, as we mark a milestone of connection and growth within the congenital heart defect community. From the early days on Voice America to our move to Blog Talk Radio and beyond, we've weathered sponsorship storms and emerged stronger, bringing hope and vital information to those touched by CHD. Join me for an intimate retrospective on our top episodes of the past year, recognizing stories that have resonated and sparked conversations, powered by the voices that have made this journey unforgettable.Stepping into the future, I'm excited to open the doors to compassionate individuals eager to make a difference. Your unique skills can shine in various volunteer roles, from scripting heartfelt narratives to amplifying our reach on social media. Our collective efforts support Hearts Unite the Globe, ensuring that no one walks their CHD path alone. I have a particular fondness for LinkedIn as a hub of engagement—let it be the place where you step forward to join our passionate mission. Together, we will continue to be a beacon of light, wrapping the CHD community in a blanket of support and ensuring that every heart feels heard and valued.Top 5 2023 Heart to Heart with Anna Episodes:Link to #5 Navigating the Journey of Parenting Children with Autism and Congenital Heart Defects: A Heartfelt Conversation and Advocacy with two fantastic heart moms — Melanie Letzer and Kelly Blumenthal. https://www.buzzsprout.com/62761/12993576An Unseen Threat: The Cody Watkins Story of Heart Failure and Recovery https://www.buzzsprout.com/62761/13210321Link to #4 Myocardial Bridging and Boots Knighton https://www.buzzsprout.com/62761/12585318Link to #3 Heart Mom and Heart Daughter on Being a Mom https://www.buzzsprout.com/62761/12765679Link to #2 Cardiac Chronicles and Community Connections: Leigh Kamping-Carder’s Story https://www.buzzsprout.com/62761/12988991Link to #1 LGBTQ+ and the CHD Community https://www.buzzsprout.com/62761/11968012Support the showAnna's Buzzsprout Affiliate LinkBaby Blue Sound CollectiveSocial Media Pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagramMeWeTwitterYouTubeWebsite
Finding Hope Amidst Long Q-T Syndrome: Jackie Renfrow's Journey
Dec 5 2023
Finding Hope Amidst Long Q-T Syndrome: Jackie Renfrow's Journey
Imagine living in a family where sudden deaths were a tragic norm. That's the reality heart mom Jackie Renford faced before the fateful identification of Long Q-T Syndrome, a genetic heart condition, in her family. Her misdiagnosis and the subsequent loss of her son and daughter have inspired her to become an advocate for early detection and treatment of this life-threatening condition. Journey with us as she shares her family's heart-wrenching story and opens up about the ongoing battle with Long Q-T Syndrome.Jackie's experiences with Long QT Syndrome open up a world that is often misunderstood. How do you navigate through life when you and multiple family members are affected by a genetic heart condition? Jackie gives us a first-hand account of the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of Long Q-T Syndrome, as well as the emotional toll it takes. She emphasizes the importance of regular medical check-ups, cautious medication use, and a proper diagnosis. Find out how her family is rallying around this, the importance of comprehensive medical care, and how they're facing the realities and challenges of living with Long QT Syndrome.We may not choose the trials we face, but we can choose to find blessings amidst adversity. In the spirit of finding light in the darkness, I share my own experiences of living with a congenital heart defect and the support that has been instrumental in my journey. As we approach the holiday season, I encourage you to join us in providing free programming for the congenital heart defect and bereaved communities. It's through our stories that we realize we are not alone, and it's in our blessings that we find hope. Join us for a profound understanding of Long QT Syndrome and a message of resilience and hope.Support the showAnna's Buzzsprout Affiliate LinkBaby Blue Sound CollectiveSocial Media Pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagramMeWeTwitterYouTubeWebsite
Battling Congenital Heart Defects: The Extraordinary Stories of Emily Falcon and Mabel's Friendship, Advocacy, and Resilience
Nov 7 2023
Battling Congenital Heart Defects: The Extraordinary Stories of Emily Falcon and Mabel's Friendship, Advocacy, and Resilience
How does a young child learn to fight, to survive, and even thrive when they're born battling a congenital heart defect? Join us as we journey through the inspiring life stories of Emily Falcon and Mabel, two extraordinary women who refused to let their heart conditions define them. Emily, born with the rare ALCAPA--Anomalous Origin of the Left Coronary Artery arising from the Pulmonary Artery, takes us through her harrowing experiences with two open-heart surgeries, and how these experiences have shaped her into the woman she is today. Have you ever wondered how the body adapts itself to survive a chronic illness? Emily provides a firsthand account of her body's fight for survival, and the challenges she faced, leading to her penning down a memoir about living with chronic illness. Listen to her describe the difficulties she faced in expressing her emotions, the support she found in her friendship with Mabel, and their collective efforts to raise awareness of those with congenital heart defects. Discover the depth of Emily and Mabel's friendship, born out of shared experiences and a summer camp for children with congenital heart defects. Hear them discuss the power of being your own advocate, the strength they found in their enduring friendship, and the importance of resources like Emily's book for others going through similar experiences. Through special memories, advice for others, and a best friend's forever necklace, Emily and Mabel exemplify the extraordinary strength of the human spirit in their battle with congenital heart defects. Join us as they share their inspiring stories, and remind us that it is not our challenges that define us, but how we respond to them.Link to Emily's Book: https://www.babyheartspress.com/emily-falconSupport the showAnna's Buzzsprout Affiliate LinkBaby Blue Sound CollectiveSocial Media Pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagramMeWeTwitterYouTubeWebsite
Exploring Functional Medicine: Harnessing the Power of Essential Oils and Holistic Health Approaches
Oct 3 2023
Exploring Functional Medicine: Harnessing the Power of Essential Oils and Holistic Health Approaches
Have you ever considered how your lifestyle choices could be affecting your health? Ever wondered about the benefits of essential oils or how to improve your gut health? Then you're in the right place. In a riveting discourse with renowned Valerie Chavez, MD, and Ryan Hunter, we delve into the heart of Functional Medicine. Together, we unravel the mysteries behind this unique approach that goes beyond surface symptoms to identify the root causes of illness.Harness the power of essential oils and understand the importance of sourcing from reputable sources in our exploration of this therapeutic world. Ryan Hunter unveils the secrets of these potent substances, their historical use, benefits in stress relief, sleep induction, inflammation reduction, and more. Imagine enhancing your mental and emotional well-being with the simple application or inhalation of these oils. Intriguing, isn't it? As we wrap up, we shed light on the often overlooked sensitivities and allergies many have towards certain foods. Valerie unravels the importance of an elimination diet and the power of listening to our bodies. Find out about natural remedies for pain and stress, from Epsom salt baths to Arnica Montana and essential oils. Empower yourself with the knowledge to take charge of your health. Join us on this journey of exploring holistic health approaches. Don't just survive; thrive.You can reach out to Ryan Hunter and Dr. Valerie Chavez here:https://functionalcoachingtx.com/my.doterra.com/functionalcoachinghttps://www.ifm.org/practitioners/valerie-chavez-m-d/Support the showAnna's Buzzsprout Affiliate LinkBaby Blue Sound CollectiveSocial Media Pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagramMeWeTwitterYouTubeWebsite
A-Kid-Again Family
Sep 5 2023
A-Kid-Again Family
Have you ever wondered about the strength that it takes to parent a heart warrior child? What does the journey of raising a child with a congenital heart defect look like? Meet Alison and Brian Blankenship, parents to two children, one of whom is a heart warrior named Ian. Ian was born with a critical congenital heart defect, and his parents are here to share their intimate story of resilience.This compelling episode takes you through the emotional journey of the Blankenships, right from the moment they first received Ian's diagnosis. They bravely face the challenges of countless medical procedures, and share the different milestones they have celebrated, each one a testament to Ian's resilience. There's also a deep dive into the strong bonds they've forged within the CHD community, a source of support that has proven invaluable over the years. The couple touch on the unique grief and isolation that comes with having a child with a heart defect and stress the importance of self-care in their fight against the odds. But that's not all. We also explore their experiences with A Kid Again, an organization that offers much-needed respite to families with children who have chronic illnesses. They share how A Kid Again differs from Make-a-Wish, the empathy it has nurtured in their daughter Haley, and the benefits they've reaped as a family. Through this enlightening episode, we hope to give you a glimpse of what it truly means to be a heart warrior family, and inspire you to find strength amidst adversity. Join us and discover an inspiring narrative of courage and love.February 2024 Baby Hearts Press announcementSupport the showAnna's Buzzsprout Affiliate LinkBaby Blue Sound CollectiveSocial Media Pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagramMeWeTwitterYouTubeWebsite
An Unseen Threat: The Cody Watkins Story of Heart Failure and Recovery
Aug 1 2023
An Unseen Threat: The Cody Watkins Story of Heart Failure and Recovery
Meet Cody Watkins, a beacon of resilience and health, who brushed against mortality when he discovered a congenital heart problem lurking beneath his ripped physique. Unaware of the ticking time bomb in his chest for 30 years, Cody offers a riveting recount of his journey within the world of bodybuilding, his shocking discovery, and how he's courageously navigating life post-heart surgery. Cody's story takes an unexpected turn when during a regular training session, his valve ruptures. The wake-up call led him to the emergency room where the reality of his condition hit home. Cody discusses the symptoms leading up to his heart failure, his diagnosis, and the urgent call to action around heart health awareness. Brace yourselves as Cody talks about his astonishing recovery - from reversing heart failure to shrinking his heart back to a normal size within a year. We discuss the adjustments to his diet, the role of supplements, and his determination to participate in a bodybuilding show, all while healing. With a fresh lease on life, Cody's journey is a testament to the human spirit's resilience and an unyielding desire to inspire others walking a similar path. Join us as we delve into Cody's extraordinary journey and the valuable lessons he's gathered from his heart condition.February 2024 Baby Hearts Press announcementSupport the showAnna's Buzzsprout Affiliate LinkBaby Blue Sound CollectiveSocial Media Pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagramMeWeTwitterYouTubeWebsite
Navigating the Journey of Parenting Children with Autism and Congenital Heart Defects: A Heartfelt Conversation and Advocacy
Jul 4 2023
Navigating the Journey of Parenting Children with Autism and Congenital Heart Defects: A Heartfelt Conversation and Advocacy
As a heart mom myself, I know firsthand the unique challenges that come with raising a child with both a congenital heart defect and autism. That's why I invited Melanie Letzer and Kelly Blumenthal to join me for a candid conversation about their experiences navigating this complex journey. Together, we discuss the importance of trusting your instincts, seeking early intervention, and finding the right support system for your family.In this heartfelt episode, we explore the challenges of getting a diagnosis and the critical role of having an IEP in place to support our children. We share our experiences with ABA therapy during the pandemic and how it has helped us better understand our children's behavior. We also discuss the importance of connecting with other parents for emotional and practical support, and how tenacity and a willingness to try different approaches are essential when it comes to finding the right program for your child.Our journey as parents has shown us the power of advocacy within the congenital heart community. Throughout this episode, we emphasize the need for early intervention, support, and utilizing trusted medical resources to provide the best help for our children. By sharing our experiences, we hope to inspire and empower you to become an advocate for the congenital heart community, and ensure that our neurologically and cardiac-challenged children receive the care and attention they deserve.February 2024 Baby Hearts Press announcementSupport the showAnna's Buzzsprout Affiliate LinkBaby Blue Sound CollectiveSocial Media Pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagramMeWeTwitterYouTubeWebsite
Cardiac Chronicles and Community Connections: Leigh Kamping-Carder's Story
Jun 6 2023
Cardiac Chronicles and Community Connections: Leigh Kamping-Carder's Story
What if you could find a space to share your story, ask questions, and connect with others living with congenital heart conditions? Join me as I chat with Leigh Kamping-Carder, founder and writer of "The Heart Dialogues," a free newsletter that does just that. We discuss Leigh's own experience of living with tricuspid atresia, a single-ventricle defect, and her journey navigating two different approaches to cardiology - one in Canada and one in the US.In our conversation, we explore the medical trauma that comes with surviving open-heart procedures and the importance of addressing and normalizing this often unspoken aspect of living with a heart condition. Leigh shares her unique perspective on the differences in care she experienced as an adult with a cardiac condition in Canada and the United States, and the potential benefits of a more laid-back approach to care. Discover the choices patients can make when considering their health care and the impact of different philosophies of care.Lastly, we talk about the importance of writing and reading for those with congenital heart conditions and how Leigh's journalism background has played a vital role in creating "The Heart Dialogues." Listen in for Leigh's advice on carving out time to write and her understanding that her life and health are finite, fueling her mission to help others. Don't miss this heartfelt conversation with Leigh Kamping-Carder, and be sure to check out "The Heart Dialogues" for more candid conversations and support within the congenital heart community.To read Leigh's newsletter or to contact her:The Heart Dialogues newsletter: theheartdialogues.substack.comLeigh's Twitter handle: @Leigh_KC twitter.com/Leigh_KCTo reach Anna, visit: https://heartsunitetheglobe.org or email her at Anna@hearttoheartwithAnna.comFebruary 2024 Baby Hearts Press announcementSupport the showAnna's Buzzsprout Affiliate LinkBaby Blue Sound CollectiveSocial Media Pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagramMeWeTwitterYouTubeWebsite
Heart Mom and Heart Daughter on Being a Mom
May 2 2023
Heart Mom and Heart Daughter on Being a Mom
What was it like to give birth to a baby with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) in the 1990s? How would it feel like to watch that miracle child grow up to become a mother herself? What is it like to then see your daughter's daughter for the first time? Answers to those questions and many more will be answered in this Mother's Day Special Heart to Heart with Anna episode. Meg Didier is a 30-year-old hHLHS survivor and a mother. After we finished recording her episode, “HLHS Survivor and Mother” earlier this year, I said it would be so wonderful to have her back on the show with her own mother for May 2023, especially in celebration of Mothers’ Day and she agreed.Patty Hansen and I “met” online over two decades ago, when the Internet was young. We met via a listserv and shared inspiring stories about our heart warriors, questions we had, and shared concerns. We prayed for one another, gave helpful advice, and encouraged one another. When I decided to put together an anthology of stories by women around the world affected by congenital heart defects, Patty contributed an essay entitled ‘Finding the Good,’ which you can read starting on page 179 of “The Heart of a Mother.” This is my first time to actually speak with Patty!February 2024 Baby Hearts Press announcementSupport the showAnna's Buzzsprout Affiliate LinkBaby Blue Sound CollectiveSocial Media Pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagramMeWeTwitterYouTubeWebsite
Mended Little Hearts Austin, Texas Coordinator: Dana Henning!
Mar 7 2023
Mended Little Hearts Austin, Texas Coordinator: Dana Henning!
Dana Henning is mother to Evan Henning, who is a 12-year-old Heart Warrior born with a critical congenital heart defect. Evan has has multiple procedures and open-heart surgeries. His life is very full of therapy appointments, homeschool activities, and extra-curricular activities such as Special Olympics and track.Dana is musically gifted. She is a former music teacher and choir director. These days she homeschools Evan and works as the Mended Little Hearts Austin Coordinator. She also works with the Parent Faculty Advisory Counsel at Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin, Texas. She serves on the Cardiac Patient & Family Partners team and her family is a member of the Dell Children’s Trust.In this episode, Dana talks to Anna about what Mended Little Hearts does for the congenital heart defect community, how she is involved, and some of the activities the Austin Mended Little Hearts organization participates in. Of special note is an event occurring at an ice skating rink in Cedar Park in April 2023.Links mentioned in this broadcast:Dana's other Heart to Heart with Anna appearance:https://www.buzzsprout.com/62761/770246Mended Little Hearts National page:https://mendedhearts.org/about-us/about-mended-little-hearts/Austin Mended Little Hearts Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/MendedLittleHeartsAustinEmail:mendedlittleheartsaustin@gmail.comThe Heart Dialogues:https://theheartdialogues.substack.com/February 2024 Baby Hearts Press announcementSupport the showAnna's Buzzsprout Affiliate LinkBaby Blue Sound CollectiveSocial Media Pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagramMeWeTwitterYouTubeWebsite