Meet Meagan Broucek, a 25-year-old living with congenital heart disease. She has had three surgeries to mend her broken heart, but like many suffering from CHD, Meagan will never be completely healthy because CHD has no cure.
Raising Awareness for CHD
Meagan has become an ambassador for ICHF, as well as taken time to raise awareness about congenital heart disease. You can connect with Meagan on Facebook or on her YouTube channel. Be on the look out for more ambassador stories coming soon!
1) Provide your name, age, the city and state in which you live, your current occupation and how you are related to ICHF.
My name is Meagan Broucek, and I am 25 years old. I live in Las Vegas, but I was born in Michigan. I am currently working as a nanny, while working on my Master’s in Child and Adolescent Development. I am an Ambassador for ICHF and am spreading awareness about CHD, as well.
2) Briefly describe the type of CHD you have and what medical treatment you have had to receive because of it.
I have Hypo-plastic Left Heart Syndrome, VSD and Tricuspid Atresia. I basically have half a heart, but I am living a whole life! I have had three heart surgeries – the Norwood, the Glenn and the Fontan. It has been 23 years since my last surgery, and I am so happy to be here to help others!
3) How has CHD affected your life?
CHD has greatly affected my life. I was bullied when I was a kid because of my scar, but it just made me stronger. I am so glad to be here today, and I love my scar. Last year, I made a page to spread awareness about CHD and to help others. I have given hope to so many people and have talked to so many families around the world. CHD has made me the person I am today: a caring, kind person who just wants to help others.
4) What do you think is the most important thing people should know about CHD?
The most important thing to know about CHD is that there is no cure. I do wish there was, but the surgeries don’t fix us. They help us for a long time, but we never really know what could happen to us down the road. We don’t know what can happen in the future, which is scary. I am hoping there will be a medical breakthrough for CHD in the future.
Contact our team if you think you would like to become an ICHF Ambassador.