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When You Meet Another with CHD, Part 2

by Jennifer Rogers on Wednesday, Feb 17, 2021

Hello! My name is Jennifer Rogers, and I have tetralogy of Fallot. I have been an ACHA blogger since 2018, and it has allowed me to meet many people like me, living with congenital heart disease. I believe highly in community and accountability, which is why I am so thankful to be part of this incredible organization. I really appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with Jared Gould, a fellow ACHA blogger, to discuss life with CHD and how our journeys have affected each other.

Jared was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. I read his series Pedaling the Pounds Off, and was inspired and motivated to stay active and be healthy. I reached out to him via Instagram in October 2020 to ask if we could talk one night. That conversation turned into friendship when we realized we shared the same feelings about our life experiences with CHD.

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What Heart Month Means to Me

by Jennifer Rogers on Wednesday, Feb 05, 2020

It’s finally February, which means Heart Month is here! I don’t know about you, but this has to be one of my favorite months. It’s an exciting time of year, known for eating as much chocolate as possible and feeling mushy-gushy about our significant other. But, more importantly, it’s also a huge window of opportunity to educate ourselves and others how to keep our hearts healthy.

Let me ask you something: What does Heart Month mean to you? Really, please stop and think about it.

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An Inspiring Walk for 1 in 100 Experience

by Jennifer Rogers on Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019

I attended the first-ever Walk for 1 in 100 in Nashville, TN, back in September. I had the date marked on my calendar for months and was highly anticipating the event. I formed a team named “Heartstrong,” because I felt it best described who I am. I shared the event via Facebook and started my own fundraising page.

 

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Medical Trauma: Guilt vs. Thankfulness

by Jennifer Rogers on Thursday, Sep 19, 2019

If you’ve had open heart surgery, you’ve been through medical trauma. I was born with the congenital heart defect tetralogy of Fallot; I had my first surgery at 8 days old, and then my first open heart surgery when I was 8 months old. I was too young to remember, but it was the first time I experienced medical trauma.

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My Regional Conference Experience

by Jennifer Rogers on Friday, Jan 12, 2018

I recently discovered the Adult Congenital Heart Association, and I am so thankful that I did. As a young adult and college student living with CHD, sometimes there is a great amount of uncertainty that can come with it. I happened to be learn about ACHA’s Memphis Regional Conference this past October, and it struck my interest.

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