120 posts tagged with Pulmonary Atresia.

Taking a Slithery Challenge for CHD

by Kim Russell on Friday, Apr 10, 2015

Have you benefited from a prenatal diagnosis of your CHD baby? Have you searched out specialized adult care because of something you read or learned about in an ACHA resource or at an event? These sorts of efforts are examples of those funded by donors like yourself through individual giving or by donating to a Congenital Heart Walk!

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Settling in for a Fight

by Jon Ritchings, Jr. on Monday, Mar 02, 2015

I want to write a little about persevering in the face of a challenge. For more than a decade, the biggest challenge in my life was living in congestive heart failure and getting myself heart healthy enough to have surgery and reverse it. I accomplished that a little over two years ago now and my life is pretty normal again.

When finding this out about me, many people often tell me they wish I didn’t have to go through that. Well, I’m glad I did. It has impacted my life in a major ways. In fact, that one decade-long battle and the stories of other CHD adults really taught me how to settle in for a fight and persevere.

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Looking for Answers

by Becca Atherton on Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015

I was expecting a phone call from the surgeon sometime this week, so my mom kept her cell phone with her at all times. Every time it rang or buzzed, our anticipation rose and we all looked over at her with an expectant face. My heart would swell with hope every time it went off, only to be deflated each time.

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Parents Have a CHD Story, Too

by Kim Russell on Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015

When I expressed interest in writing this blog, I had no idea how hard it would be to express to parents how much CHDers genuinely appreciate them. What better way than to say, “Thank you! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”

Magazine articles, websites, Facebook pages and organizations report that 1 in 100 babies is born with a CHD. Usually facts about these children and their struggles of dealing with CHD are listed: illness, surgeries, recoveries, and challenges that meet each CHDer the minute he/she is born. Each child has his/her own story and all of them are miraculous.

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Your Role in Your Healthcare Team

by Christy Sillman on Thursday, Feb 05, 2015

The patient is the most important member of the healthcare team. You know your body the best, you’ve been living with congenital heart disease, and you’ve got the firsthand account of your medical history. For some people, managing their health can be a full-time job, and I want to share some ways you can help succeed in collaborating with your team.

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CHD During a Job Interview: To Mention or Not to Mention?

by Jon Ritchings, Jr. on Thursday, Dec 18, 2014

Yesterday I had my first interview in a couple of years. It was for an internship in a medical office. One of the things I thought about was, do I mention my congenital heart disease?

When I was writing my resume for this position I struggled with adding things like my Facebook groups, social media experience, this blog, and my experience as a patient—to show I have had some contact with the medical community. If I did put this stuff on the resume, though, I would be saying, “Hey, guys! I have a physical defect that will cause lifelong issues.”

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A Thankfulness Theme

by Becca Atherton on Thursday, Dec 11, 2014

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving that was spent with family, friends and laughter! When considering what I am thankful for, I thought about all the amazing things I have in my life—and I noticed a recurring theme. All of these amazing things in my life are because of my health. It's odd to think that something that is so terrible has still managed to bring so much joy into my life.

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Authorizations, Appeals, and Insurance Claims… Oh My!

by Christy Sillman on Thursday, Nov 06, 2014

It was such an honor to present at the 7th National ACHA Conference, and although I am happy to share the slides from my presentation on getting insurance to work with you, I want to summarize my presentation here.

The main message I want everyone to know is that insurance companies, like many people, do not understand congenital heart disease. Luckily, we have guidelines and will soon have medical board certification to help the insurance companies navigate our care – but they need a lot of education.

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