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Happy Anniversary!


It’s hard to believe that Heart to Heart with Anna is now six years old and that we have broadcast 250 unique episodes. We’ve also reposted encore and remastered episodes. Hardly a week has gone by without an episode of one kind or another broadcast and publicized on the Internet.

Additionally, we have grown to include 2 other podcasts — Heart to Heart with Michael and Heart to Heart with Nicole and David. We have learned so many lessons along the way. While Heart to Heart with Nicole and David is on hiatus, Heart to Heart with Michael is going strong. This growth resulted in the development of the Hearts Unite the Globe Network!

Heart to Heart with Michael will be completing its third season in December 2019. This monthly program always boasts a baker’s dozen with a bonus episode in December. This year will be a look back at 2019 which featured some amazing Guests, many working professionals in the bereavement field.

The three programs together have amassed over 77,000 Listeners from all over the world. Programs have been made available primarily in English but also in Spanish, French, Hebrew, and Dutch. Heart to Heart with Michael will broadcast its first Hebrew program before the end of the year.

Heart to Heart with Anna had themes for the first 12 seasons but, upon feedback from our Listeners, decided to make each season free from themes provided the topic was relevant to the congenital heart defect (CHD) community. Heart to Heart with Anna usually has 1,200-1,600 Listeners a month.

We are excited to announce that this year we started a Patreon account. Now Listeners and philanthropists can be part of Hearts Unite the Globe — people can learn more about the making of the podcasts, attend meet-ups with the podcast teams and even get a chance to be part of a live studio audience when recording special programs.

I think the other exciting news for 2019 is that our podcasts are now available all over the Internet and even on the radio! For example you can hear our programs on Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, YouTube, Spreaker, Buzzsprout and Stitcher. It’s exciting to see so many different platforms carrying our program.

We are already hard at work on our 2020 programs. If you’d like to be a Guest on our program, please fill out our form and we’ll get in touch with you. We will be recording program during November but we would like to have most of December to enjoy the holidays and to take some much-needed time off. Do you have an idea for a program? Let Anna ( or Michael ( know! We appreciate feedback and do our best to honor our Listeners’ requests.

Image by Tumisu from Pixabay 

I think perhaps one of our most exciting activities this year has been the retreats we’ve held for our Volunteers. Our first retreat was held in Central Texas. In October 2019 we held our first retreat in Jerusalem. On November 21st we will hold our first retreat in Tucson, Arizona. If you’re interested in being a Volunteer, fill out our form! Our new Volunteer Coordinator, Janet Thompson, will contact you and you’ll be able to attend training workshops so you can help us help the CHD and bereaved communities.

Image by Prawny from Pixabay

Thank you so much! We couldn’t do what we do without our amazing Volunteers, Guests, Guest Hosts, and support staff. It’s been a terrific six years and we’re looking forward to a brand new year, new programs and continuing to serve our communities.

Happy Holidays!

October-December Podcast Schedule


We only have 12 Tuesdays left until 2019! We have decided to remaster some older episodes so that they sound better than ever! We know how busy everyone is at the end of the year with the holidays and with all of the end-of-year activities. We hope you’ll tune in to hear some of these special shows and be ready for a whole new format in 2019.  Here is our schedule until the end of the year:

October 9th

October 16th


Cora’s Law and Why It’s Important

October 23rd


Snowflakes: How Each Heart is Unique

October 30th


Non-Cardiac Health Issues for Survivors with Complex Congenital Heart Defects

November 6th


What is Normal Child Development in Children with Complex Congenital Heart Defects?

November 13th


Congenital Heart Defect Advocacy

November 20th

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Rainbow Babies: Pregnancy After Losing a Child to a CHD

November 27th


Sports and Boys with Critical Congenital Heart Defects

December 4th


Breastfeeding Your CHD Baby

December 11th


Working Dads versus Stay-at-Home Dads

December 18th


Babysitting and Daycare for CHD Survivors

December 25th


Making Memories Everyday with our CHD Families

Special thanks to all the artists at Pixabay for all of the awesome images used in our schedule.


Reaching 200 Broadcast Episodes, Finishing Season 12 and Looking to the Future

During Season 12 of Heart to Heart with Anna we examined the topic of Organ Donation and Transplantation and during the season we reached Episode #200!!!

Heart to Heart with Anna aired its first episode on 11/12/13 — making it a very easy date to remember! We will be in lucky Season 13 when we celebrate 5 years on the air (meaning “on the Internet”).


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Although we have technically completed all 13 episodes of Season 12 about Organ Donation and Transplantation, as often happens, we had people suggest other shows that needed to be part of that season. Therefore, we will broadcast a few bonus episodes before closing the books on Season 12. Today and next week you’ll meet Jordan D. Marcia, an amazing survivor of a life-threatening condition known as “plastic bronchitis.” What Jordan has survived and how he continues to thrive is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the will to survive.

Looking to the future we are very excited to announce that we will no longer have a particular theme per season. We realize that while we may get excited about having a theme for each season, not all listeners enjoyed the themes and would sometimes not listen to the podcast for an entire season. So we’re going to shake things up! Starting in Season 13 we’ll be having a variety of topics and we’ll continue to have the same great half-hour (give or take 5-10 minutes) of programming with excellent Guests from the congenital heart defect community.

Why don’t you join our Heart to Heart with Anna VIP Group on Facebook? You’ll get a chance to find out about what our show topics will be, have a chance to be part of a select studio audience for some shows we’ll be doing with an audience Q & A following the interview and more! It’s free, it’s fun and it’s a great way to meet other people interested in helping the congenital heart defect community.

Baby Hearts Press Literary Awards Competition


Baby Hearts Press is excited to announce that we are hosting our inaugural Literary Awards Competition in the categories of Memoir Writing and Children’s Books for previously unpublished manuscripts. The top prize for the 1st Place winner of each contest will be $100 plus the opportunity to work with Baby Hearts Press in consideration of having the book published by the publishing company. The 2nd place prize is $50 and 3rd place will be $25. For more details on the rules and guidelines, visit our website.

Baby Hearts Press is dedicated to providing resources for the congenital heart defect community and has done so since 1997 when Anna Jaworski first wrote and published Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome: A Handbook for Parents. Shortly after that book was written, it was reviewed by Library Journal and orders for the book started appearing from all over the world. The book was then featured in a special cardiology review section of Library Journal a couple of years after that and the book demonstrated a need for books specifically for the congenital heart defect community.

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In 1999 Baby Hearts Press published The Heart of a Mother — stories by women affected by congenital heart defect from around the world. The book had over 60 contributors and some of the women have gone on to have additional works published in other books and magazines. It was the first time a book like this had been published for the CHD community.


MBNOBaby Hearts Press also published its first children’s book. My Brother Needs an Operation is a story based on the life of Joseph Jaworski, big brother to Alexander. Alex and Joey show what life is like when a big brother is left behind while a little brother has to have surgery. Lovable K.C., their toy poodle, is Joey’s constant companion and she is also affected by the changes that occur due to Alex’s hospitalization. The book has become a staple in many heart families’ homes when they have to leave children behind because one of the children needs an operation.

hof300The Heart of a Father: Essays by Men Affected by Congenital Heart Defects is the companion book to The Heart of a Mother and many of the contributors to the book were the husbands of women who had contributed to the mothers’ book so readers were treated to seeing what had happened to the children they had read about almost a decade later. Many of the stories present a picture of hope since most of the children written about in The Heart of a Mother were not expected to survive to adulthood.

Baby Hearts Press is ready to discover some new authors! Will you be one of them? The deadline for the manuscript contest is midnight December 8, 2018, Central Time (USA).


Heart to Heart with Anna Update

It is April 2018 and I have a lot to update everyone on regarding the show.




Anna and her mother Carol after she mostly recovered from having Bell’s Palsy


Many of you are Facebook friends with me and you’ve been through the last 6 months with me of seeing how my mother fell ill and then passed away. It has been a difficult time for me. I am bereaved. I am sad. I am also at peace. My mother left this world exactly as she wished to — very peacefully in her sleep with my sister and me by her side. She wasn’t in pain. She simply went to sleep and didn’t wake up.



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Today (April 10th) marks the conclusion of Season 11 of “Heart to Heart with Anna.” It’s hard to believe we have already finished the season devoted to Heart Warrior Siblings! We interviewed all kinds of siblings and overall the results were inspiring. Children are resilient and families find creative ways to be there for all of their children even when one of the children is born with a congenital heart defect and even when their Heart Warrior passes away.

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Next week we will have a LIVE show! It’s been quite a while since our last LIVE show. We will be featuring Mary Kay Klein and Anna-mary Geist. We will be discussing the upcoming Care, Hope, Discover 2018 conference to be held in Boston on May 5, 2018. It will be a very interesting congenital heart defect conference and people will be attending from all over the United States!



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We will have a mini-season between Season 11 and 12 where we will interview people around the world in both English and their native tongue. We are very excited about how this underscores our mission as part of the HUG (Hearts Unite the Globe) Podcast Network of bringing programming to members of the congenital heart defect community around the globe. Don’t miss our first Dutch, Hebrew, and Urdu shows!



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Season 12 will focus on Organ Donation and Transplantation. We have a new Guest checklist and a video to help you if you’d like to come on “Heart to Heart with Anna.” You can see the video on our HUG Podcast Network website.


Photo by Hanny Naibaho on Unsplash

Many thanks to all of you who prayed for my mother, my family and me during this difficult time. We felt surrounded by so much love and really appreciate the kindness everyone has shown us.

Happy Holidays!

We at Hearts Unite the Globe and especially Heart to Heart with Anna wish you all the happiest of holidays!

We have put together a Year-End Letter to help you all see some of the amazing things that have happened this year. That letter took many hours to compile. Special thanks to Lisa Johnson and Nancy Jensen for their artwork, formatting experience/expertise and proofreading help. Also special thanks to Hearts Unite the Globe Board Members Laura Redfern and Laura Schleicher for their advice and editing assistance with this project.

Hearts Unite the Globe has two major projects right now. The one that most people know about is the production and hosting of podcasts for the congenital heart defect and bereaved communities in the forms of Heart to Heart With Anna, Heart to Heart With Michael and Heart to Heart with Nicole and David. In our Year End Letter we mentioned what happened this year with these projects and acknowledged some of the many people who helped us bring about Heart to Heart with Anna’s Seasons 9 and 10, as well as her Spotlight on Cardiac Athletes! We also mentioned how Heart to Heart with Michael is concluding its first season for the bereaved community. Finally we mentioned how Heart to Heart with Nicole and David created four special presentations — episodes by adults with congenital heart defects for adults with congenital heart defects.

To make the letter manageable, we decided to thank our Guests and some of our Volunteers en masse; however, I feel it’s very important to give credit where credit is due. Therefore, in this blog it is my pleasure to recognize our Guests, Guest Hosts and Volunteers.

The theme for Season 9 of Heart to Heart with Anna was Advancements in Pediatric Cardiology and episode 1 featured Heart Mom, Jennifer Gutman sharing her experience with her HLHS child receiving stem cells at Mayo Clinic. Episodes 2 and 3 featured veteran nurse Deena Barber giving us a concise perspective on the development of pediatric cardiology as a field. Dr. Fred Wu also starred in consecutive episodes (4 and 5) informing us about the significance of the liver in Fontan patients. Dr. Wu was also instrumental in helping us locate a French-speaking expert after a request for the information to be provided in French by a Listener. Heart Mom, Isabelle Allain was the Guest Host for Heart to Heart with Anna’s first French program which featured Parisian pediatric cardiologist Dr. Magalie Ladouceur. Dr. Gil Wernovsky was then featured in a double episode (6 and 7) describing his innovative design of a roadmap to success for those born with complex CHDs. Dr. Wilson Lam, returned to the program to give us an update on advancements in electrophysiology in Episode 8.  Susan Romanesko and Michelle Steltzer were a dynamic mother-daughter duo (respectively) sharing a historical perspective on what it was like to be the mother and sister to Greg, born with a single ventricle heart in the 1970s and how Greg’s condition affected Michelle’s career choice. Dr. Peter Ermis was the featured Guest in Episode #10 about family planning for CHD Heart Warriors. Many advancements have been made in understanding the psychology of living with a CHD and Dr. Adrienne Kovacs was the featured Guest for Episode 11. World-renown pediatric cardiology heart surgeon Dr. Edward Bove was the Guest for Episode 12 about Advancements in Treatments for HLHS Heart Warriors and bringing the season full circle, we ended Season 9 with Episode 13 featuring Dr. Timothy Nelson sharing Advancements in Stem Cell Therapies and Research for HLHS Warriors. To our delight, we were able to provide a bonus episode with Dr. Wayne Franklin who shared information about Advancements in Pulmonary Hypertension — an episode which has improved the quality of life for one of our Volunteers (see Year-End Letter for more on that!)

Those of you who are Harry Potter fans will understand our next mini-season — we called it Nine and Three Quarters (those of you who are not fans — this is the name of the train platform which takes students to Hogwarts). We had a number of Guest Hosts including: Carol Raimondi (interviewing her friend Rosalyn Rivera about being a Heart Warrior and a nurse), Rita Scoggins (interviewing Laura Ryan about raising children as a Heart Warrior) and Laura Ryan (interviewing her friend Kathy Ware about early-onset menopause for Heart Warriors). Anna interviewed long-time friend, Yarrow Gillis about the emotional toll of living with CHDs. Carol Raimondi completed the mini-season by interviewing Frank Lynn and Terese Quarino about strokes and TIAs amongst Heart Warriors.

Season 10 focused on Education for Heart Warriors and featured the following Guests: Episode 1 – Jennifer Weiner (physical education), Episode 2 – Andrea Quirk and Chelle McIntyre-Brewer (education for heart warriors with parents in the military), Episode 3 – Erin Ayscue (special needs homeschooling), Episode 4 – Yarrow Gillis (continuing education), Episode 5 – Vicki Lucas (special education transitions), Episode 6 – Katina Robalino (learning about the heart), Episode 7 – Chelle McIntyre-Brewer (homeschooling and advocacy), Episode 8 – Marie O’Donnell (special education), Episode 9 – Megan Tones (education in Australia), Episode 10 – Kathy Keller (special education transition to adulthood), Episode 11 – Lisa O’Connor (special education accommodations and IEPs), Episode 12 – Marta Montero (education for parents of Heart Warriors) and Episode 13 – Roxanne Montalvo-Tsai (educating twin Heart Warrior toddlers) and bonus episode – Jessica Gutierrez-Rodriguez (discovering Heart Warriors’ hidden talents).

Many of you have heard the Cardiac Athlete™ Spotlight Series that will conclude at the end of December 2017. For the first time ever, we’ve had a professional football player on the program and an Olympian! Many thanks to our amazing Guests: Tim Howard, Lisa Johnson, Benjamin Lee, Barry Stone, Richard Gardner, Tracie Happel, Green Bay Packer Michael Montgomery, Martin BradyAimee OsinskiNeil CollinsRoger PotterGraeme SuttonEd RucciGreg Bassett, Beth Greenaway and Olympian Paul Wylie.

There are so many Volunteers helping to make HUG what it is. We recognized many of them in the Year-End Letter, but I’d also like to thank: Lars Andrews, Victoria Baerg, Christopher Freeman, Christina Gurnham, Diane Kowalik, Leah Lowrey, Vicki Lucas, Lorraine McDaniels, Eileen Perlman, Angela Roberts, Megan Tones, Priscilla Watts, MaryAnn Zima and all other members of the CHD community who have been supportive in word or deed of Hearts Unite the Globe’s mission to bring resources to the congenital heart defect community. If you’d like to make a donation to Hearts Unite the Globe to keep our podcasts free of charge to the CHD community, please visit our website.


Parlez-vous Français?


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I love getting feedback from Listeners and I received another request after our program Advancements in Understanding the Liver Part 1 and Part 2 aired. A Listener wrote in with a request — could we possibly translate the program into French?! Since I have not written much in French since I was a senior in high school, I knew the task was beyond my meager skills so I reached out to others I knew in the congenital heart defect (CHD) community.

It didn’t take me long at all to know who I hoped would help me. Many, many years ago, before the Internet was made more user friendly, we used to have listservs which were ways we could connect with others — the precursors to MySpace and Facebook, listservs didn’t have photos, videos or anything fancy. They were just notes sent back and forth to the group. One such group I belonged to was for parents of children with CHDs and that’s where I “met” Helen Bishop. I discovered that Helen Bishop was a French teacher and since my grandmother’s maiden name was Blanchette, and I’d studied French in high school, I felt another connection with her!


In 2010 I finally published the book The Heart of a Father which is a compilation of essays by men affected by congenital heart defects. I “met” men from all over the world and I also “met” many of their wives. One of the men who wrote an essay for the book was David Simpson. His wife Helen is a French teacher in England.

I knew I had two French teachers, who were also Heart Moms to turn to. When you get some Heart Moms on a mission, you just know things will get done! I also posted a note on the Heart to Heart with Anna Facebook page and on my own Facebook page and then I had even more people offering to help.


Dr. Fred Wu

Dr. Wu, the Guest of the original program that started this flurry of activity, is helping me identify a French cardiologist to actually record the program. A bilingual Heart Mom is going to be the Guest Host for the program. Once Helen B. and Helen S. translate the script into French, we will move forward with recording the very first French episode of “Heart to Heart with Anna.”

One of the missions of Hearts Unite the Globe, the nonprofit organization that brings this podcast to the CHD community, is to unite the entire CHD community. Creating programs in languages other than English is a step in the right direction so that we can truly be united.


The Roadmap to Success For Complex CHD Survivors


Dr. Gil Wernovsky

What an honor and a pleasure it was to talk with Dr. Gil Wernovsky about his vision for the future of pediatric cardiology related to care of those with critical congenital heart defects! He has kindly given us copies of some articles that he mentioned in his podcast.

Dr. Wernovsky’s article is entitled, “Creating a lesion-specific “roadmap” for ambulatory care following surgery for complex congenital cardiac disease” and is authored by him, Heart Mom Stacey Lihn and Melissa Olen (a nurse who worked with Dr. Wernovsky). I love how he collaborated with people from all aspects of the CHD community to come up with this concept and I’m hoping it’s an idea that will catch the CHD world by storm! This is exactly what we need to reduce the stress that many of us Heart Parents feel regarding the treatment of our Heart Warriors (HW). It really is time for us to know what kinds of tests we can expect our HWs need to have and for anticipatory screening to be done, and baselines established so we catch any “consequences” of having a funky heart.

Dr. Wernovsky talked about an article by Brad Marino, M.D. et. al. entitled, “Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Children with Congenital Heart Disease: Evaluation and Management” which is available free of charge online. This article speaks to the neurological consequences of having a congenital heart defect.

It amazes me how Dr. Wernovsky keeps track of all of the articles he’s written considering how prolific he is! I asked him if he remembered an article that was a retrospective study conducted in the 1990s and he did! This article is entitled, “Inattention, Hyperactivity, and School Performance in a Population of School-Age Children with Complex Congenital Heart Disease” and it is also available free of charge at the given link. This article was actually published in 2008 but I think it provided some important information.


The last bit of news I am excited to share is about the Baby Blue Sound Collective. One of the most amazing things to me about this group is that the songs are written by doctors, performed by doctors, nurses, techs, and even some parents of Heart Warriors.


Dr. Gil Wernovsky at the piano

Dr. Wernovsky even gave Heart to Heart with Anna the right to use one of the songs from the album for the podcast! So now Heart to Heart with Anna has a funky new sound! Let us know what you think about it.


Some of the members of the Baby Blue Sound Collective

If you purchase their new CD, “Home. Tonight. Forever” the proceeds will go to The Children’s Heart Foundation which is a nonprofit organization whose sole mission is to provide funds for research related to congenital heart defects. They recently joined forces with the American Heart Association and funded more than a million dollars worth of research. What they’ve done is nothing short of miraculous since all of that was inspired by the life of one little boy named Sam. I love how the CHD community has pulled together to make music and fund research all with the hope of improving the lives of those affected by congenital heart defects.

Listener’s Liver Question Answered


Artwork thanks to the Cleveland Clinic

On January 24th and January 31st, Heart to Heart with Anna featured Dr. Fred Wu talking to us about the consequences of a Fontan heart on the liver. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to the podcast, it’s not too late. Advancements in Understanding the Liver in Fontan Patients Part 1 and Advancements in Understanding the Liver in Fontan Patients Part 2 covered a number of different issues. The heart is a very complicated organ and when it is not perfect, it’s not surprising that other organs may be affected.

Alisa wrote:  “I just listened. It was an excellent interview and I learned a lot. I do have one question. My daughter is scheduled for an elastography which to my understanding is a different form of an MRI. I am curious about Dr. Wu’s thoughts on that test versus MRI. Is there a way to find out? I know that not all centers have elastography machines, I think they are newer. I look forward to part 2 next week. The liver in Fontan patients is very scary. One other thing have you ever done a show on Fontan revision and when to do it and the pros and cons to the patient? If you have I would like to listen to it. Thanks for all you do for the CHD community!”

Here is Dr. Wu’s response:

Liver elastography describes a variety of techniques to measure the stiffness of the liver. This can be done using ultrasound technology or MRI technology. With ultrasound, sound waves are applied over the liver, and a computer determines how quickly those sound waves move through the liver tissue. The stiffer the liver, the more quickly the sound waves will propagate. With MRI, sound waves are also applied over the liver.  The MRI scanner then takes a series of images that visualize the sound waves moving through the liver and calculates the liver stiffness that way. The thinking behind all of these techniques is that the more fibrosis there is, the stiffer the liver will be, and that has indeed proven to be true when these techniques have been studied in liver patients.

The challenge in Fontan patients is that the venous pressures are chronically elevated, and this results in congestion of the liver. As it happens, congestion also leads to increased liver stiffness. Thus, there are studies that have described the results of transient elastography and shear wave elastography–two techniques using ultrasound–and MR elastography in Fontan patients, and all of them show that most Fontan patients have abnormally stiff livers. Unfortunately, it is difficult, if not impossible, to know how much of that stiffness is the result of congestion and how much is the result of fibrosis. It is a reasonable assumption that the very, very stiff livers are much more likely to have severe disease and that the livers with normal stiffness are probably only mildly affected, but most of the patients will fall into the gray area in between. 

The good news is that MR elastography is usually performed as part of a comprehensive MRI study of the liver, so you still get all of the information you would get from a standard MRI with the addition of the elastography data.

Anna answers the 2nd part of Alisa’s question — “We haven’t done a program about Fontan Revision but it’s certainly something we’ll consider doing in the future. Thank you for the suggestion! Since this is something that my son had to have done, I know how concerning it can be to have that possibility out there. Luckily for us, the results have been excellent and my son is doing very well — he’s working full time and writing a book. Stay tuned and we’ll see what we can do about putting a show together specifically about Fontan Revisions: Pros and Cons. Thanks for listening, Alisa, and thanks for the question!”


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Do you have a question? Feel free to write to Anna here at her blog if you have a question or visit our chat room on Paltalk. Just look for the HUG Podcast Chatroom. We’re there Tuesday-Thursday from 11:00-noon Central Time (USA).

New Interactive Chatroom


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“This is an extremely rare condition,” the doctor said to me as he was detailing the anomalies of my son’s heart. I left the room where he talked to us and discovered there were two other children in the hospital with the same “rare condition” my son had and another would be admitted before Alex was discharged. Within days I had started a fledging support group comprised of 4 unlikely families — a military family, a teacher’s family, a nurse’s family and a mother with a newborn — all of us from different cities, different walks of life but with one very important thing in common — hypoplastic left heart syndrome — a jumble of words none of us had ever heard of before.

I think the need to talk to others is fundamental. We all need to know that we’re not alone. We crave understanding, support and acceptance. I think that’s why MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google and so many other social media sites exist. People have an intense need to be part of something bigger than themselves.

The congenital heart defect (CHD) community now has a unique opportunity to interact with one another while discussing topics of interest with one another. Just this year, 2017, Hearts Unite the Globe (HUG) has launched two brand new podcasts — Heart to Heart with Michael and Heart to Heart with Nicole and David while continuing to also produce Heart to Heart with Anna, which has just begun its 9th Season of programming. Well over 100 Guests have been on these 3 podcasts and interacted with one another but now the Hosts and Guests will have an opportunity to interact with their Listeners, too.


Hearts Unite the Globe (HUG) has created a chatroom with Paltalk. Now on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays starting at 11:00 Central Time (USA), people will be in the HUG Podcast Chatroom listening to one of the podcasts and talking with Listeners. It will be a chance for people to share their own stories, to comment on that week’s podcast or to ask a question of the Guest(s). This is an opportunity for our community to interact in a meaningful way.

Won’t you join us? It’s very easy to interact with us. Yo install PalTalk:

1. Go to Paltalk
2. You will see
Join Our Global Video Chat Community
Video Chat.
Then the words
“Free Download” — click on it.
3. On the bottom of your screen it will ask you if you want to run, save or cancel; click on run. Then allow your computer, phone or tablet to accept the program by clicking on Yes.
4. Click on “I agree” if you agree to their terms of use and it will start the download process.
5. When that is done, it will ask you for a nickname, password and email address.
6. After filling everything in you are then connected to PalTalk
7. Find HUG Podcast Chatroom and then you can join our discussion Tuesday-Thursday at noon Eastern Time (USA) through the programs (the Admin will play the show so we can all listen together). Feel free to chat via text in the room while the show is going on so you don’t have to remember your questions at the end. When the program is over, we’ll discuss the questions and comments that have been posted and the microphone will be open to talk with us and share questions, comments or thoughts.
• Tuesday at noon Eastern Time (USA) is Heart to Heart with Anna
• Wednesday at noon Eastern Time (USA) is Heart to Heart with Nicole and David
• Thursday at noon Eastern Time (USA) is Heart to Heart with Michael
• New episodes of these 2 programs will air at the beginning of the month and will be repeated throughout the month but since the chat is interactive, every week will be different. Come back every week to meet new members of your community and to weigh in on that month’s program. It’s a great opportunity, too, to let our Hosts know if you’d like to be a Guest on their program!
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