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Finding Connection – A Digital Story by Julie

“My story is about how my mental health was impacted by my heart surgery and how I found connection with others like me at Heart Beats.” ~ Julie

Julie’s ACHD Journey

Conditions: Ventricular Septal Defect – Atrial Septal Defect and Pulmonary Valve Stenosis.

Years Since Last Surgery: 7

Number of Surgeries/Treatments: 3+

  1. Age 1: Open Heart Surgery
  2. Childhood: Multiple Angioplasties
  3. Second Open-Heart Surgery with Pulmonary Valve Replacement

Digital Storytelling

A digital story is a short movie that blends a storyteller’s voice, carefully curated images, and music into a finished digital video between three and five minutes long. Julie, along with five other adults with Congenital Heart Disease, attended a 20-hour multi-day Workshop where they created their digital stories.

The workshop was organized by Common Language DST trained facilitators, Kristy Wolfe & Kristina McGuire, in partnership with Heart Beats Children’s Society of Calgary and funded by the Western Canadian Children’s Heart Network.

You can learn more about the digital storytelling workshop at

A digital story by Julie

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