I Am Not Ashamed

I Am Not Ashamed

Written by Kristy Cloetingh, Blogger & Advocate I vividly remember the day that I admitted to myself that I needed help. I was in college, sitting on a bench outside of the student center with my boyfriend at the time. It was dark, and I was sobbing. I cried a lot back then. I was […]

My Father’s Best Kept Secret

My Father’s Best Kept Secret

Written by Emma W., Guest Blogger “I’m from Australia.” “Wow, cool! Why’d you come to the states?” My response for years as to why my family immigrated to Michigan was that my parents were recruited for work. Ironically, shortly thereafter, my father took a job out of state and spent minimal time in Michigan. I […]

“Nevertheless, She Persisted”

“Nevertheless, She Persisted”

Written by Charlotte Sandy, Blogger & Advocate As an emotionally sensitive 8-year-old, I knew that my dad’s habits of isolation, eyes glued to the TV, and drinking himself to sleep were not normal behaviors. So, I reached out in the only way I could, by writing a letter to the “Help” section of American Girl […]

Living with CHD: A Poem

Living with CHD: A Poem

By Brittany Foster, Blogger & Advocate Through our lives we have fought battles, both big and small Despite every obstacle, we continue to rise after each fall Survivors of congenital heart disease have something to prove We must keep pushing forward because we simply can’t lose Many of us have been winning this battle since […]