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"Heart to Heart with Anna" is the longest-running podcast devoted to the congenital heart defect (CHD) community. Our shows feature Survivors, family members, medical professionals and others in the CHD community who wish to share their stories, expertise, and advice. This show is devoted to empowering, educating and enriching the lives of members of the CHD community.
 
"Bereaved But Still Me" is a podcast for the bereaved community that was formerly known as "Heart to Heart with Michael." As we entered Season 5, we decided to rebrand our podcast to make it easier for the bereaved community to find us. We are happy to announce that "Heart to Heart with Michael," was nominated for a 2020 WEGO Health Award. "Heart to Heart with Michael" was a finalist in the Health Podcast category. This was a great honor for our podcast. "Bereaved But Still Me" is a product ...
 
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Paul Cardall was born in 1973 with only half a heart. He had his first open-heart surgery a few hours after birth and two more surgeries at age 13 and 14. As a child, he took piano lessons but wasn’t keen on practice. As a teenager, he started composing and became obsessed. He was hired to play at weddings, in restaurants, and in department stores.…
 
What was it like to grow up with tetralogy of Fallot in the 1980s? How can having a heart defect influence your career choice as an adult? What psychological challenges do Heart Warriors face? Joy Ogawa was born in Hawaii with tetralogy of Fallot in 1979 and had an open-heart surgery at 22 months of age. She considers herself lucky to have only exp…
 
Grief is a difficult topic to discuss but talking about loss by suicide seems to be even more challenging. How does losing a child by suicide affect your life? How can a person’s faith help them cope with the loss of a son by suicide? Faye and Carter Mayberry are the parents of Candace, Jordan, Jacob, and Ashton. Ashton died from suicide at age 21 …
 
Grief is a difficult topic to discuss but talking about loss by suicide seems to be even more challenging. How does losing a child by suicide affect your life? How can a person’s faith help them cope with the loss of a son by suicide? Faye and Carter Mayberry are the parents of Candace, Jordan, Jacob, and Ashton. Ashton died from suicide at age 21 …
 
Why might a Heart Mom choose to volunteer with an advocacy organization? What can an advocacy organization do to help others learn about congenital heart defects? What are the future plans for Conquering CHD and how can people get involved? Liz Schurrer is mom to eight-year-old Eli, who was prenatally diagnosed with truncus arteriosus. Her family’s…
 
Why would an artist choose a career working in the operating room of a pediatric hospital? What joy is to be had of drawing broken hearts and the operations surgeons use to save these critically ill babies’ lives? In what other ways does artist Susan Russell Hall find joy in art? Susan Russell Hall is a Northwest artist and medical illustrator who …
 
How does a person react to having to give bad news day after day, even hour after hour? When COVID-19 news is what is being talked about around the clock for months, how does that affect a news correspondent? What feelings are evoked when doing stories about COVID-19? This episode features John Vause, a multi-award-winning journalist for CNN Intern…
 
How does a person react to having to give bad news day after day, even hour after hour? When COVID-19 news is what is being talked about around the clock for months, how does that affect a news correspondent? What feelings are evoked when doing stories about COVID-19? This episode features John Vause, a multi-award-winning journalist for CNN Intern…
 
What can a healthcare advocate learn by becoming a patient facing a life-and-death situation? Why might a patient advocate write a book about his life-changing heart event? How does someone who has worked in the field of healthcare for 37 years see the field of healthcare changing to better suit the needs of patients? Thomas Dahlborg is from Brockt…
 
What is congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries or ccTGA? Historically, people born with ccTGA tended to do fairly well. Why is it today doctors are choosing to operate on the hearts of babies born with ccTGA? What does Dr. Edward Bove think about the future of babies born with ccTGA? Erin Beckemeier is mom to Conway, born in 200…
 
What happens when a Fontan patient needs a tune-up? What kinds of procedures might a Fontan patient need after living with a Fontan heart? What can we learn from an experienced Fontanner who might be facing multiple medical procedures? Leslie Castro is a 48-year-old former single ventricle patient from Pennsylvania. She was born with tricuspid atre…
 
What happens when one daughter, in a set of twins, is diagnosed with a congenital heart defect and the other twin is heart-healthy? How can a family handle having one child in the hospital, separated from her twin? What should families tell their children about their medical history? What is the value of sharing family stories? Lisa and Michael Oli…
 
What?! David Ossman again? No, you’re not insane. Welcome to Side 6 as Michael meets up one more time, here at Bob’s Berserko Lounge, with Firesign Theater’s David Ossman to talk about the life, times, and comedy of Peter Bergman. In this episode, Michael talks again with Firesign Theater’s David Ossman at the old Same place to talk about the life,…
 
What?! David Ossman again? No, you’re not insane. Welcome to Side 6 as Michael meets up one more time, here at Bob’s Berserko Lounge, with Firesign Theater’s David Ossman to talk about the life, times, and comedy of Peter Bergman. In this episode, Michael talks again with Firesign Theater’s David Ossman at the old Same place to talk about the life,…
 
How can a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother -- determine how to help families like her own? Why would a woman make it her mission to help others with an invisible illness? What can we learn from such a woman? Jackie Renfrow thought her family had a history of epilepsy. After losing her son Jimmy in 2000 and her daughter Crissy in 2002, she…
 
Heart Warrior Lisa Dang Colvil returns to "Heart to Heart with Anna" but this time she is joined by her mother and her daughter. Lisa was born with a complicated congenital heart defect and Anna talks to her mother, Kim, about her experience fleeing war-torn Vietnam, having a daughter in a country where she barely knew the language, and what it was…
 
Mike Edenburn was born in 1943 with Tetralogy of Fallot (ToF). Mike was the 44th patient to receive the Blalock Taussig shunt. On October 2, 1945, Dr. Alfred Blalock, Vivian Thomas, and Dr. Denton Cooley performed heart surgery on Mike. After the surgery, Mike turned from blue to pink and was able to breathe freely for the first time in his life. M…
 
Is it possible to meet one’s surgeon over 4 decades after open-heart surgery when you don’t even know if your surgeon was a man or a woman and you only know the last name? Who can help you when the hospital tells you that they don’t have your records anymore? What joy is to be had from connecting with someone who saved your life when you were a lit…
 
David Ossman is an American writer and performer, best known as a quarter of The Firesign Theatre, whose collective work includes comedy albums, plays, films, and radio shows. He’s best known for his role as George Leroy (“Porgie”) Tirebiter in Firesign’s LP “Don’t Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me The Pliers,” a hero of two mystery novels and hours of bro…
 
David Ossman is an American writer and performer, best known as a quarter of The Firesign Theatre, whose collective work includes comedy albums, plays, films, and radio shows. He’s best known for his role as George Leroy (“Porgie”) Tirebiter in Firesign’s LP “Don’t Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me The Pliers,” a hero of two mystery novels and hours of bro…
 
Why would a Heart Warrior choose to become a Nurse Practitioner? What does the liver and liver health mean to a Fontan Heart Warrior? What does the future hold for people with single ventricle hearts and compromised livers? Mary is a 29-year-old female with hypoplastic right heart syndrome, atrial septal defect, transposition of the great vessels, …
 
What can encourage a Heart Warrior to start learning more about her heart condition? What kind of books has Margaret Ellis Raymond written and what’s the hold-up with the 4th and 5th books? Why would a Heart Warrior start a YouTube channel and what can we expect to see on that channel? Margaret Ellis Raymond is an author, editor, and YouTuber from …
 
Leslie Castro is a 47-year-old former single ventricle patient from Pennsylvania. She was born with tricuspid atresia, pulmonary stenosis, and multiple other heart defects, and had the Classic Fontan at the age of 12 in 1985. Just over a year ago, she received a heart transplant. Her donor was a 29-year-old woman who was a Hepatitis C positive intr…
 
What happens when we lose our spouse unexpectedly? Why does it seem that sometimes, when it rains, it pours? How does a person recover when she’s facing trauma after trauma? Jenny Muscatell dealt with a faith-stretching kind of growth in 2013. In April her mother died. Two months later, her husband died unexpectedly of a heart attack at the age of …
 
What happens when we lose our spouse unexpectedly? Why does it seem that sometimes, when it rains, it pours? How does a person recover when she’s facing trauma after trauma? Jenny Muscatell dealt with a faith-stretching kind of growth in 2013. In April her mother died. Two months later, her husband died unexpectedly of a heart attack at the age of …
 
Who is Eric Ankerud? Why would someone want to start a nonprofit organization to help the congenital heart defect community? What services does Heartfelt Dreams Foundation provide? Eric Ankerud's wife, Lori, was born in 1958 with a serious heart defect called 'tetralogy of Fallot.' Lori was known as a "blue baby," and she had a ventricular septal d…
 
What is it like to be born in Vietnam in the 1970s with a heart defect? What efforts would a mother make to ensure her daughter has a chance for life? How does understanding one’s family history impact one’s future? Amy M. Le shares an amazing story with Anna about her mother's life-changing decision to flee war-torn Vietnam to save her daughter's …
 
Who is Edy Nathan? Why would someone choose to use EMDR therapy to cope with grief? What is EMDR? Why would a therapist use hypnotherapy to help someone cope with grief? What is hypnotherapy? We’ll discover answers to these questions and more in this enlightening program. Our guest today is Edy Nathan, LCSW, MA. She is an experienced psychotherapis…
 
Who is Edy Nathan? Why would someone choose to use EMDR therapy to cope with grief? What is EMDR? Why would a therapist use hypnotherapy to help someone cope with grief? What is hypnotherapy? We’ll discover answers to these questions and more in this enlightening program. Our guest today is Edy Nathan, LCSW, MA. She is an experienced psychotherapis…
 
It's official! We are celebrating 300 episodes of "Heart to Heart with Anna"! To help us with this celebration, Alexander Jaworski, Anna's son who was born with a critical congenital heart defect, is the Guest Host and Anna is in the hot seat answering questions about the podcast which you may not be aware of. How did the longest-running podcast de…
 
What lessons can we learn from our adult Heart Warriors? Why might a Heart Mom write a book about her life experiences dealing with CHD? How does a Heart Mom take her personal experiences to fight for others in the hospital? Jenny Muscatell is a licensed social worker, blogger, author, photographer, and podcaster. She earned her Bachelor’s in Menta…
 
Why would the Queen of England bestow an Order of the British Empire honor upon a doctor for his services to medicine and charity - especially when the charity does not serve the children of Great Britain? How many children around the globe have been saved by this nonprofit? What is this nonprofit organization doing to save children born with the n…
 
How might a Heart Warrior use her adversity to become a poet? What might bring a woman to accept Jesus Christ into her life and thus change her future forever? What can we learn from this gentle spirit who has come close to death herself and lived to bring hope to others? Today’s show is Lisa Colvil: Heart Warrior Author and Poet and our Guest is L…
 
In this episode, we speak with Rabbi Dan Liben, of Temple Israel of Natick, about faith and grief. Lots of people talk about faith. They may talk about faith in God or faith in man or faith in science, but what is faith? How does faith help us during times of distress? Perhaps, instead of faith, people are talking about a kind of trust. Is faith so…
 
In this episode, we speak with Rabbi Dan Liben, of Temple Israel of Natick, about faith and grief. Lots of people talk about faith. They may talk about faith in God or faith in man or faith in science, but what is faith? How does faith help us during times of distress? Perhaps, instead of faith, people are talking about a kind of trust. Is faith so…
 
How can a couple survive the loss of their precious son? What can be done when an entire country seems to be neglecting the needs of its most vulnerable residents? How can people make a difference in their community? Today's Guest, Jyoti Sagar, answers those questions and so much more! Jyoti Sagar and his wife Prema lost their son Sameer, who was b…
 
In this touching episode of "Heart to Heart with Anna," grandmother Beverly Foster shares with Anna her heart journey with her grandson, Heart Warrior Dhillon. From diagnosis through today, Dhillon's spirit remains steadfast and everyone knows exactly what he would want them to do. Thus, Beverly and her family felt the need to create a special lega…
 
How can a child with a complex congenital heart defect survive multiple surgeries resulting in a funky anatomy and then have a successful heart transplant experience? What was it like to be a child with a congenital heart defect in the 1970s when open-heart surgery for children was something new? Why would a Heart Warrior experience Survivor's Guil…
 
What is plastic bronchitis? What are the red flags that lead to a diagnosis of plastic bronchitis and how is it diagnosed? More importantly, what can be done about it? Today’s guest will answer those questions for us and more! Molly Fee is a mom of two boys and lives SE of Pittsburg. Her 9-year-old younger son, Marshall, was born with hypoplastic l…
 
Our Guest, Evan Kent earned his doctorate in music education from Boston University in 2014. His doctoral research examined how music at Jewish summer camps in North America assists in the development of Jewish identity. For 25 years, Evan was the cantor at Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles. He is currently on the faculty of Hebrew Union College in Jeru…
 
Our Guest, Evan Kent earned his doctorate in music education from Boston University in 2014. His doctoral research examined how music at Jewish summer camps in North America assists in the development of Jewish identity. For 25 years, Evan was the cantor at Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles. He is currently on the faculty of Hebrew Union College in Jeru…
 
Nino Barbalace es il conduttore della versione in Italiano del Programma di "Cuore a cuore con Anna." La puntata di oggi è intitolata “L’Arte di Riparare il Cuore”, e la nostra ospite è Gabriella Ricciardi. Inizieremo la puntata di oggi conoscendo meglio Gabriella ed il suo costante amore per l’arte nella Prima Parte. Nella Seconda Parte, parleremo…
 
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