Our ACHA bloggers cover many topics relevant to the CHD community. 

Top 10 Reasons to Date a Congenital Heart Defect Survivor

by Stephanie Romer on Tuesday, Oct 18, 2011

#10 – Admit it… scars are hot!

#9 – Our childhood wasn’t “normal” – so it’s alright if yours wasn’t either.

#8 – Listening to a CHDer’s funky heart beat and us listening to your strangely normal one encourages cuddling.

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Highs and Lows

by Anthony Pugliese on Friday, Oct 14, 2011

The main reason and probably the best reason I can give for selecting the title of this post is that highs and lows are a natural part of life. I am not just speaking about medical issues here. We all have at some point in time in our lives experienced the highs and the lows. For example, being a straight A student and getting your first D, or the excitement of a first love and then the devastation of the first break-up. I think you get the picture. We all have highs and lows.

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Finally Living Life

by Becca Atherton on Thursday, Oct 13, 2011

Hi everyone, my name is Becca. I love writing so I figured that I would start a blog and that since I am living with tetralogy of Fallot, pulmonary atresia and pulmonary hypertension I would write about being chronically ill.

I want to take my feelings and use the written word to transform lives and bring awareness to these diseases. I hope to impact people and let others know just how truly special people who are chronically ill are.

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Introducing a British Blogger

by Paul Willgoss on Wednesday, Oct 12, 2011

How to start?

At the beginning:
It was a dark and stormy night. As the small blue baby was born, little did the world know what was to come…

At the second beginning:
The surgeon came out and said that as far as he knew it was a successful operation, but the next 24-48 hours would be critical…

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Don’t Panic—It’s Just Blood

by Clare Almand on Monday, Oct 10, 2011

My freshmen year of college, I was required to take a course on public speaking. We had to present one persuasive speech at the end of the semester and I chose to speak about giving blood, which is very near and dear to my heart—pun intended. During the middle of my speech, which I thought was going well, a tall and lanky student slid out of his chair and hit the floor.

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“But If We Can't Live Together... We're Gonna Die Alone”

by Kim Edgren on Wednesday, Oct 05, 2011

The title of my first blog post is a quote from my favorite show Lost. And after a recent trip to Hawaii, and my first real “episode” of congestive heart failure, it got me thinking: Can we ACHDers do this alone or do we really need to “live together” to survive?

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Reflections on a New Year

by Alissa Butterfass on Monday, Oct 03, 2011

This past week I celebrated Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. The holiday service includes many beautiful prayers and many harrowing liturgies, and reciting them makes me think about the year that has passed—my accomplishments, my missed opportunities, my goals—as well as my hopes for the upcoming year. Whether or not you are Jewish, it’s never a bad idea to reflect on the past year and think about the year ahead. Here are some of the thoughts that went through my mind this week.

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ACHA Family

by Kelly Deeny on Friday, Sep 30, 2011

I’m a family-oriented person, always have been. I loved going to family reunions, visiting relatives and as of recently, doing genealogy research. As much as I adore my family I conversely believe that family doesn’t necessarily equate blood relation. Case in point—ACHA members.

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