Sports and Extra-Curricular Activites for Congenital Heart Defects Survivors
Airs: January 14, 2014 at noon Pacific Time; 2 p.m. CST
Have you ever wondered what sports or extra-curricular activities your heart child will enjoy some day? Have you wondered about the quality of life they will have in their future? Will they be able to enjoy the sports their peers do? Play in a band? Enjoy clubs with their friends? Listen to this important episode to see how three adults with congenital heart defects found opportunities to be with their peers, how they circumvented some problems that presented themselves and where they are and what they are doing today.
How Parents' Relationships are Affected by Having a Child with a Congenital Heart Defect
Airs: January 21, 2014 at noon Pacific Time; 2 p.m. CST
Is divorce or less common in families who have children with congenital heart defects? It seems only logical that the additional stresses of hospital bills, an uncertain future, the requirement of making decisions one may not feel qualified to make and the grief involved with the loss of having a perfectly healthy baby might contribute to the loss of a marriage as well. Listen to three parents as they talk about the trials they faced as they were told their children were born with severe heart defects and how they dealt with it. If a marriage ends in divorce, can a parent ever find another person to love, not only them but also their broken-hearted child? Tune in to discover the answers to these questions and more!
Non-Cardiac Health Issues for Adults with Congenital Heart Defects
Airs: January 28, 2014 at noon Pacific Time; 2 p.m. CST
What kind of non-cardiac health issues do complex congenital heart defect (CCHD) survivors frequently deal with? Why do people who have heart defects sometimes have other issues, too, even if they don’t have a diagnosed syndrome? What can parents do to help their children when they are not only facing open-heart surgeries, but also other possible surgeries or treatments? Tune in to Heart to Heart with Anna Episode #12 to hear how an adult CCHD survivor, the parent of a son with a CCHD and a geneticist from a leading children hospital answer these questions and more.
What is Normal Child Development in Children with Congenital Heart Defects?
Airs: February 4, 2014 at noon Pacific Time; 2 p.m. CST
Do children with complex congenital heart defects or CCHDs have developmental delays compared to their heart-healthy peers? What IS the normal development of a child with CCHDs? How can parents help children with CCHDs to have a good quality of life despite some of the problems that are common in children with complex congenital heart defects? Tune into this episode of "Heart to Heart with Anna" as a Heart Mom and Speech/Language Pathologist, Heart Mom and Special Education Teacher and a Neuropsychologist discuss what “normal” is for our CCHD survivors and how parents can help their children overcome common problems.