8: Jared Johnson- Helping People After The Agony And Pain Of Losing A Child.

In this episode, Jared talks about the most painful experience in life that anyone can experience and that is losing a child. He talks about the day, 10 years ago, that changed his life forever and offers advice for other families going through a similar situation. In this episode he shares: The challenges of losing…

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7. Dr Paul Matherne – Caring For Children With Congenital Heart Disease.

In this episode, Dr. Matherne, who is a pediatric cardiologist,  shares his insights, and talks about the different aspects of caring for children with congenital heart disease.     *He talks about the advances in technology and the services that can be now be offered to children with complex congenital heart disease.     *How…

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6. Tonya Mills- Talks About Her Daughter With CHD

In this episode, Tonya Mills shares with us about her daughter Ty and how she was born with congenital heart disease. Some of the topics Tonya discusses are: Her experience of how she went through the entire pregnancy and not knowing that Ty was going to have chd, until she was delivered. How initially doctors…

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5: Morgan Taylor – Shares Her Insights As A Pediatric Cardiology Social Worker

  In this episode, Morgan Taylor is the social worker for pediatric cardiology patients at UVA Medical Center. She shares her insights on: The role and importance of a social worker being able to advocate for the families with children in the hospital. The challenges and rewards of her job. How to advocate for your child to…

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4: Jennifer Smith-Shares Her Story About Her Son Who Has Congenital Heart Disease

In this episode, Jennifer Smith shares her story about her son Eli and how he endured heart surgery. Jennifer shares: How she first learned of Eli’s heart condition. How they had to take Eli to CHOP in Philadelphia. The challenges of temporarily moving their family to another city, prior to Eli being born and during his…

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3: Kendra Butler-Shares Her Story About Her Daughter Who Has Congenital Heart Disease

  In this episode, Kendra Butler shares her story about her daughter Iryl, who has been through two heart surgeries.   Kendra shares: How she first learned of Iryl’s heart condition The challenges Iryl faced when she was first born Going through and overcoming complications from the first heart surgery The challenges she faced upon…

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2: Carol Tatum-A Pediatric Cardiology Nurse Talks About Working With Children Who Have Congenital Heart Disease!

  In this episode, Carol Tatum, a pediatric cardiology nurse, reveals what inspired her to work with children with congenital heart disease.   Some of the topics Carol discusses are: The biggest challenges and rewards of her job. The secret to how to have joy in your job, and when bad things happen- her answer “Always concentrate…

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1: Rita Ralston-Kelly Blumenthal-Charles George

In this episode, Rita Ralston, Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House in Charlottesville, Kelly Blumenthal, and Charles George share their inspiration for starting the Keeping Families Close podcast. All 3 reveal their passion for and why the are all want to help others families, who have a sick or injured child in the hospital.…

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