Flu season is well underway, and every flu season brings out two types of people. For one type, the flu shot is a necessity; it is a responsibility; it is an obligation. For the other type, the flu shot is painful; it is insignificant; it is an inconvenience. Ultimately, this is an unfortunate dichotomy. Opposing…

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  So Long as He’s Healthy “So long as he’s healthy,” she said. Inwardly, I cringe And my heart weeps a little. I ask myself, “But what if he’s not?” Will you not love him? Will you be unable to find happiness? Will you wish you didn’t have him? What do you mean by, “So…

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Sometimes six years in the CHD world does not seem like an awfully long time, and sometimes it feels like we have been here forever.  When I think back on the early days of my daughter’s diagnosis and birth, I am amazed at the obstacles we have overcome.   We would learn something was amiss during…

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When my daughter was 4 years old, her doctor heard a faint clicking sound in her heart at a well-child visit. We discovered she had a bicuspid aortic valve and several other heart defects. She is now 19 and has always been asymptomatic and hasn’t needed surgery. Because a bicuspid valve is congenital, her cardiologist…

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