“Big” Champions with strong hearts

Today is January 14, 2015 and am preparing for another visit to see my brother.  Ten days ago, he spent his 100th day hospitalized awaiting cardiac transplant for his CHD.  Interestingly, thirty years ago on this exact day, he underwent his Fontan operation … Continue reading

My transition to adulthood

Reflecting on the recent holiday season and transition to the new year in 2015, I am struck by the fact that the next blog needn’t automatically be about the relationship to early toddler years as anticipated.   Stories and tales of my younger years will be shared … Continue reading

June 1970: Roadmap through the first surgical experience

Present Day: Univentricular congenital heart disease awaiting cardiac transplantation hospitalized at the Mayo Hospital It is December 14, 2014 and the eve before I am preparing for another journey by car with my oldest brother Jeffery, who lives in Appleton, … Continue reading

Future Nurse: Caring starts at a young age

My journey begins the day I entered into this world at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital the year of 1970 in Appleton, Wisconsin.  Where is this location you ask?  Picture Wisconsin as a left-handed mitten and place it on a flat surface with … Continue reading

Let the journey begin…

Born and raised in the “Heart of the Valley” of Wisconsin was a blessing.  Raising children truly requires a team approach wherever you live. Finding and engaging a team for the game in our families circumstances certainly not a problem.  Our community was rich in … Continue reading