We Are Free Ep. 037: Lisa Raser – Parenting a Medically Complex Child and Choosing Hope

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Thanks for listening to We Are Free Ep. 037 with Lisa Raser: Parenting a Medically Complex Child and Choosing Hope. 

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Lisa has been married to her favorite creative, Derren, for 11 years. Together they parent, advocate for, and generally delight in their two-year-old daughter, Grace. Grace was born with a complex congenital heart defect and spent the first 18 months of her life in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. Now, she is living life to the fullest at home with great strength and resilience. In addition to parenting a beautiful, medically complex child, Lisa is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies with a particular interest in the communication of emotions, empathy, and social support. Lisa finds joy and places to exhale through pilates, lots of prayer, and taking walks with her family in their sunny San Diego neighborhood.  

In this Ep. 037, you’ll learn from Lisa about… 

  • Grace’s heart diagnosis
  • The scary day when Grace was born
  • What the 18 months looked like when Grace lived in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
  • What it looks like to take on a posture of hope
  • How storytelling has helped Lisa and her husband advocate for their daughter
  • The preparation needed to allow Grace to come home 
  • What day-to-day life looks like for Lisa
  • What her daughter has taught her
  • How God keeps showing up

Tune in here to Episode 037. Know someone else who could use this episode in her life? Tell her you’re thinking about her and love her and that you have something you know will encourage her today <3

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Links from the show

Rady Children’s Hospital

Ronald McDonald House

Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

Kabuki Syndrome

Derren Raser’s photography website

Advent Stories – Hope video of Lisa, Derren and Grace

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