By David Rude There is no doubt that social isolation and loneliness have had a profound effect on personal health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. I imagine that anyone who had open-heart surgery during this time may have truly struggled. It is well known that mood swings and difficult feelings — including depression, fear,…

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Bill Schramer was raised in Wheaton, Ilinois, and moved to California in the mid-1980s. He’s an IT professional with 35 years of experience as a Systems Programmer, Systems Analyst and Business Analyst. He was married in 1988, and widowed in 1994. He married again in 2003. After his open-heart surgery in 2005, he started volunteering…

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By Robert Mosner My name is Robert Mosner; I was born in June 1955. When I finished college in 1977 my first job was in the BioMedical department at Union Memorial Hospital. After three years, I took a job at Beckman Instruments, continuing to work in the health care field. In 1980, when I left…

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By David Weinfurtner My battle against heart problems began when I was a child.  At the age of five, I had a convulsion and passed out. My doctor in a small town in Central Wisconsin passed on hospitalizing me. He sent me home with my parents, and I was supposed to just rest in bed….

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  By Jennifer Snead Chavez I suffered a heart attack three years ago. Well, suffered is the word people seem to use most often, but it doesn’t really describe my experience. While it was unpleasant, a tad scary, inconvenient and eye-opening, there was very little suffering on my part. In fact, I think there was…

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  By Lindsay Davis I want to preface this article by stating that I find scars to be a beautiful thing that no one should be ashamed of. I wear mine proudly and think of them as warrior markings. When we’ve been through something so difficult, there’s no reason we should be embarrassed by something…

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  By Melissa O’Donnell, new mom and new CHD advocate and student “I am going to send you to cardiology. It’s probably nothing, but I need you to go now.” My husband and I had just arrived at our two-week pediatric check up. I whispered, “It’s probably nothing” and rolled my eyes at Ryan. I…

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