By Mark Buttell Living with scars has not always been the most ego-boosting part of my life. When you’re young, it’s fun to show your battle scars, and of course, most older folks were amazed that a 5-year-old was showing them scars from open-heart surgery. Back in the 1970s, it wasn’t very common, and looking…

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  By Jodi Smith Lemacks, Esq., National Program Director of Mended Little Hearts Mended Little Hearts (MLH) has been supporting families with children who have congenital heart defects/disease (CHD) since 2004, which coincidentally, is the year Facebook was started in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Two MLH groups, one in Hollywood, Florida and one in Fresno, California, began to bring CHD families…

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  “I have been where you are; I know how you feel.” That’s a powerful statement. The sense of connection and bonding that can happen is soothing and often one of the keys to a successful recovery. Individuals who are going through a medical crisis or learning to change their lifestyle can find success in…

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