• Dear Me Blog Series: Shannon Boyd

    Dear me, You’re right, you’ll lose everything you think is important. Your dream job, your savings, your sanity. And all those things you’re worried about happening…strokes, oral aversions, g-tubes, learning disabilities—those will all happen, too. You are not being a pessimist; you’re preparing. There is nothing you can do to stop these things from happening, […]

    Continue reading
  • Dear Me Blog Series: Molly Audetat

    Dear Me, As you sit in the waiting room after the anatomy scan thrilled that you will be welcoming a baby girl, you know in your heart that something is wrong. Your doctor will enter the room to go over the ultrasound results and again it’s clear something is wrong! Things will become blurry around […]

    Continue reading
  • Dear Me Blog Series: Blair Patterson

    Dear Me: I woke up the other day and looked in the mirror too early. You know what I mean – when you look at your face before the morning fairies repair the damage the overnight goblins did to how you look? I kept looking, though, and I thought “Lady? You’ve aged about 10 years […]

    Continue reading
  • Dear Me Blog Series: Jen Huegel

    Dear Me, I can still see you. Curled into a ball, swallowed by darkness in your living room on a perfectly sunny and beautiful fall day.  Shades drawn, heart broken, unable to form words.  I can still feel the fear, ripping through your whole body as you shook with sobs that filled the quiet room.  […]

    Continue reading
  • Dear Me Blog Series: February CHD Awareness Month Campaign

      Help-A-Heart is excited to feature the letters of several of our ‘heart’ parents during our February CHD (congenital heart disease) Awareness Month campaign.  We asked our families to write a letter to themselves during the time they received the diagnosis and first began their journey in the heart world.  Just a warning, these are […]

    Continue reading
  • January Heart Hero – Gabe Graber

    We found out on September 11, 2004, that our unborn child had a congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome. Basically, this means that Gabe’s right ventricle never fully developed, so he only has 1 pumping chamber in his heart. This defect is corrected with a series of 3 open heart surgeries—one at birth, […]

    Continue reading
  • October Heart Hero – Aja Audetat

    Our world changed forever March 26, 2015 when we first heard the words “Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.” During our 20-week anatomy scan we learned we were having a girl and that she would be born with a congenital heart defect. This is when Help-A-Heart entered our lives and helped in more ways than they’ll ever […]

    Continue reading
  • September Heart Hero – Carver Meiners

    Carver was diagnosed with Transposition of the Great arteries during his 20-week ultrasound. We were quickly thrown into the “heart world” and realized what all this would mean for our son and family. Carver was born on June 26, 2014, and had an exploratory cath on June 27 to prepare him for his open-heart surgery. […]

    Continue reading
  • June Heart Hero – Kiran Aaron Valji

    When I was 22 weeks pregnant, during a follow-up ultrasound, I got the news no expecting parent ever expects to hear: “There is something wrong with your baby’s heart.”  The fear and grief of that moment overwhelmed me.  I am so thankful his dad and I chose to not let the fear control us; we […]

    Continue reading
  • Heart Hero- Grace Diggins

    Grace was born on May 5, 2008 with a severe case of Ebstein’s Anomaly and pulmonary atresia. Ebstein’s is a malformation of the tricuspid valve, and pulmonary atresia meant she was missing her pulmonary valve. She had her first open heart surgery at 10 days old, it consisted of an atrial septectomy, atrial free wall […]

    Continue reading