Season 4: Tales from the Trenches

Tales from the Trenches

Episode #1: Turning Despair to Creation: Making Lemonade from Lemons in the CHD Community, 1/27/15, Anna Jaworski (Host) and Guest, Christine Courtelis, talk about the changes Christine went through as her heart needed more attention and required a drastic change in her life and how she transformed her trauma into an avenue to help others in the CHD community.

Episode #2: Silent Cries: Moving from Philanthropist to Producer, 2/3/15, Anna Jaworski (Host) and Guest, Nicole Vickery, dish about her role in the upcoming movie Silent Cries and how others can get involved in the movie, too!

Episode #3: Congenital Heart Defect Awareness 2015!, 2/10/15, Anna Jaworski (Host) and Guests: Rita and Victoria Scoggins share their experiences in becoming advocates in the CHD Community and how people can get involved this year.

Episode #4: Hope for Heart Babies Diagnosed in Utero, 2/17/15, Anna Jaworski (Host) and Guests: Kathy Betts, Roxanne Montalvo-Tsai and Amy Gerrish Bennett related their experiences with having their babies’ heart defects diagnosed in utero and what options they were offered.

Episode #5: Falling Between the Cracks: When Children with a CHDs Have Educational Issues, 2/24/15, Anna Jaworski (Host) and Guest, Karla Sandoval-Barba, discuss how children with CHDs can fall between the cracks in the United States educational system, what programs they may be eligible for and the lengths to which parents may have to go in order to get the help their children need for them.

Episode #6: ECMO Success Stories for Babies with Congenital Heart Defects, 3/3/15, Anna Jaworski (Host) and Guests: Abreail Foreman, Erica Dudenhoeffer and Karla Sandoval-Barba relate their experiences regarding ECMO and how it can be a lifesaving device for our litttlest CHD Warriors.

Episode #7: Wild Things! When CHD Teens & Young Adults Rebel, 3/10/15, Anna Jaworski (Host) and Guests: Julie Pritchett-Morefield and Damion Martin disclose rebellious behaviors they exhibited during their teen and young adult years when they wanted to forget about having a congenital heart defect and give advice to parents and CHD Survivors.

Episode #8: Living with Congenital Heart Defects, 3/17/15, Anna Jaworski (Host) and Guests: Mary Kay and Ted Klein reveal their upcoming conference specifically for Adults with Congenital Heart Defects and anyone who cares for adults with CHDs.

Episode #9: Dr. Woody Benson: Unlocking the Mysteries of Congenital Heart Defects, 3/24/15, Anna Jaworski (Host) and Guest, Dr. Woody Benson, talk about the changes he has seen in the advancement of genetics to understand congenital heart defects.

Episode #10: Twins in the Congenital Heart Defect Community, 3/31/15, Anna Jaworski (Host) and Guests: Kathy Kolodzinski and Roxanne Montalvo-Tsai share their experiences on having twins where one or both are born with a congenital heart defect.

Episode #11: In Utero Surgery for Babies with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, 4/7/15, Anna Jaworski (Host) and Guests: Jay Wiley and Dr. Sally Grogono discuss what it was like to find out their unborn child had a congenital heart defect, and how they felt when they were told surgery could be done in utero.

Episode #12: How Child Protective Services Almost Destroyed One Heart Family, 4/14/15, Anna Jaworski (Host) and Guest, Tabatha Steed, talk with about how Tabatha’s son was taken from her by Child Protective Services and the extraordinary measures she had to go to in order to get him back.

Episode #13: Cardiac Athletes™: Beating Heart Disease Around the World, 4/21/15, Anna Jaworski (Host) and Guest, Lars Andrews, talk about his website and his logo, as well as how a life-changing event made him consider doing something meaningful for others.

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