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February 02, 2021 | By Lauren Bednarz

Photo was taken prior to COVID-19. Courtesy of Lauren Bednarz

Living with a chronic illness takes courage, perseverance, acceptance and a positive mindset. For 33-year-old Lauren Bednarz, every time she listens to her heartbeat or looks down at the eight faded scars on her chest, she is reminded of how grateful she is to be alive. Lauren considers herself a congenital heart disease survivor.

At 10 weeks old, Lauren was diagnosed with Tricuspid Atresia and a large Ventricular Septal Defect. Tricuspid Atresia is when the Tricuspid Valve is either abnormally deformed or did not form at all causing the right ventricle to...

January 29, 2021 | Megan Koudelka, MSN, CRNA

Bringing your child for a surgical or diagnostic procedure can be extremely worrisome, but an amazing team of qualified and caring providers awaits you at Texas Children’s Hospital. A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, or CRNA, is one of the many team members who works with the anesthesiologist, surgeon, radiologist, nurses, techs and many others to take care of your child.

A CRNA is an advanced practice nurse specializing in anesthesia. Prior to applying to a graduate program in nurse anesthesia, a registered nurse must have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), at least two years of experience in critical care (ICU) or...

January 26, 2021 | Deedy Breaux, RN, Radiology staff nurse

Life is such a precious gift. Whether it’s spending time with my husband and our four grown children, staying virtually connected with our extended family and friends, or playing with our beautiful 6-year-old granddaughter, I am thankful to be alive and celebrate these precious moments. Every day, I count my blessings and appreciate every aspect of my life, even when faced with unexpected challenges.

A few weeks before Thanksgiving last year, I never imagined I’d be fighting the biggest battle of my life. One minute, I was healthy. The next minute, I was struggling to breathe as my life hung in the balance. Since I had a history of...

January 22, 2021 | Leara Glinzak, MSAT, ATR-BC

A hospital is a place that promotes treatment, healing and recovery. But oftentimes, being in an unfamiliar environment can cause stress and anxiety for patients and their families. Much of this anxiety stems from the fear of the unknown—How will I feel after my treatment? Will I be in pain? How long will I stay in the hospital? How can I better cope with my illness?

As The Faris Foundation Art Therapist at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers®, I see our patients’ resiliency, courage and bravery every day. Through art therapy, I help our patients explore and process their emotions, boost their self-esteem, and cope and...

January 15, 2021 | Lauren Gans

When Lauren Gans found out her 8-year-old son, Logan, was named Texas Children’s local champion for the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN), she couldn’t have been prouder. To her and many others, Logan is a superhero who shows what it means to be a champion in his brave battle against a frightening foe. 

“Our son has taught us a lot about courage, tenacity and never giving up no matter how difficult the road may be,” Lauren said. “It is very fitting for Logan to receive this CMN recognition....