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Getting Good at Transitions

by Emily Earhart on Tuesday, Jun 19, 2018

It’s that time of year again where every weekend is filled with graduations and weddings. For many people, summer represents a season of transition—the transition from high school to college, adolescence to adulthood, student life to work life, single living to co-living. All these summer transitions bring changes to ourselves and in our relationships with others.

Those living with congenital heart disease know transition well. We often talk about transition as “THE transition”—moving from pediatric cardiac care to adult cardiac care. Until recently there were no universally accepted medical guidelines for this transition. I always thought I would see my pediatric cardiologist my whole life. It wasn’t until I was 30 years old, married, and thinking about family planning that I found out there was such a thing as adult congenital heart cardiologists.

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