In this episode, Bill and Paula spread Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) awareness by breaking down certain terminologies into layman's terms to help the general public better understand the impact CHD's have on thousands of lives each year. The podcast also explores the work the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) is doing to strengthen the community of CHD survivors.
About the Adult Congenital Heart Association:
The mission of the Adult Congenital Heart Association is to improve and extend the lives of the millions born with heart defects through education, advocacy and the promotion of research.
Bill Coon is a two-time heart transplant recipient, kidney recipient, author, professional speaker and patient advocate.
After being diagnosed with end-stage heart and kidney failure in 2009, Bill later spent 70 days in the Intensive Care Unit of a Chicago hospital waiting for the gift of life. While he waited, Bill wrote a journal each day with the hope of someday creating a book that would serve as a support system to anybody who was ill. That book later became SWIM: A Memoir of Survival, an international seller that has aided thousands in overcoming the mental battle of various illnesses. Bill later went on to become a patient advocate and sought-after speaker who uses his story to inspire thousands each year.