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.
As the Executive Director of The Holiday Heroes, a Chicagoland nonprofit that aims to add happiness to the lives of hospitalized children, Bridgette guides the organization in their mission to allieviate the stress, anxiety and sorrow many children feel while battling a serious condition. In this episode, Bridgette joins Bill to discuss The Holiday Heroes' unique history, the parties and what makes their mission so special.
Two sisters. Same condition. Both blind.
Both Julie and Cheryl Gistenson lost their vision due to Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome. The sisters discuss growing up as one another's supports and what they learned from their father, who is also blind. Bill then plays a game called "Ask A Blind Person" in which Bill asks questions about blindness that sighted individuals may feel too uncomfortable to ask.
In 2013, after undergoing months of fertility treatment, Stacey Skrysak’s three children, Peyton, Parker and Abby, were born prematurely. Tragically, both Parker and Abby passed away in the hospital. After returning home with their surviving triplet, Stacey and her husband, Ryan, created the Triple Heart Foundation to honor the memory of Abby and Parker.
Bill and Stacey discuss her journey with infertility treatment, the day she delivered her children and the families Triple Heart Foundation has touched since its inception.
Minimalism is a lifestyle in which an individual removes unnecessary items from their life in an attempt to focus on what is important so that they can better themselves and focus on what truly matter to them.
Bill sits down with Erin Gianaras, who at age twenty-seven suffered a life-altering stroke while running errands on a hot summer day. Erin shares intimate details of that day and how she spent the past year recovering and rebuilding her life.
The first guest of the podcast is Megan King. Megan is an advocate for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). Megan was diagnosed with EDS when she was in high school. For the better portion of the past decade, Megan has been chronicling her battle online in an attempt to raise EDS awareness, as EDS is a condition that is underrepresented in society and lacks resources within the medical community.
People You Should Know Podcast will feature guests who are striving to create change. These people are either leading philanthropic organizations, raising awareness for a cause they are passionate about, inventing devices that will change the future or creating art, all while attempting to reshape the conversation around a topic that is dear to their heart.
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