Little BabyHow do you feel when you are given the worst news of your life? What if that news is that your unborn child’s heart isn’t growing correctly and your child will probably need life-saving open-heart surgery in the first days or weeks of life? What if you are an adult who was born with a congenital heart defect and you’re always waiting for the other shoe to drop? What if you are the grandparents awaiting that phone call drawing you to the hospital to see your grandchild’s birth only to be replaced with a phone call full of tears because your grandchild’s heart isn’t perfect? At times like these a person feels completely alone in the world. Tune in to today’s show to listen to Nancy and J.D. share their experiences as grandparents while Callie Rickard tells us what it’s like for a mother to be told her son needed a transplant and Carl Wolford shares his experience as Denton Cooley’s second survivor of the total anomalous pulmonary venous return corrective surgery he pioneered.

Anna Jaworski

Heart to Heart with Anna is a program specifically for the congenital heart defect or CHD community. Our show will address issues of concern to the CHD community. Topics revolve around some of the special needs of the child born with a CHD, how to become an advocate for the CHD child, parent and CHD survivor and what it means to be part of the CHD community. The show addresses issues of concern to the CHD community. Members of the CHD community will serve as Guests to share stories to encourage others. While the topics will be especially pertinent to the CHD community, they also have a broader appeal to any community dealing with chronic illness since many of our topics are faced by other communities dealing with chronic illnesses. Heart to Heart with Anna will be broadcast live every Tuesday at 12 Noon Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel.