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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 28, 2014 / 1 Menachem-Av, 5774

Bret Baier's Challenged Heart

By Bruce Bialosky




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Any parent who tells you that they have never struggled with a child most likely is playing a little loose with the truth. Every family I have ever encountered, no matter how strong or faith committed, has had a challenge that has tested their resolve -- with most surviving the test. Then there are those who have to live through unimaginable tests of character.

Bret Baier was floating through life on a trajectory that few ever experience. His career was reaching an apex: he was on a path to be named as anchor of Fox News' Special Report. He had married the woman of his dreams. They had prepared their new condo for their first child. Then the unthinkable happened -- something that Bret told me neither he nor his wife Amy had ever remotely faced in their mostly blessed lives.

Soon after the birth of their first child, a beautiful boy named Paul (known as Paulie), they found out that his heart was actually constructed backwards, with five major congenital defects. Remarkably, there were no signs of any problems as Amy breezed through the pregnancy while taking every precaution to ensure a healthy baby. The Baiers and their families went from elation to feeling despair, fear and helplessness in the blink of an eye, as they were told that if Paulie did not have open heart surgery, he would most certainly die. They entered a world they never knew and never envisioned they would experience in their wildest imaginations. Paulie was just one day old.

Baier decided to tell of his family's struggle in a book called Special Heart.

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Despite sharing many intimate details, Baier felt compelled to share it with us. In the beginning, his wife Amy was not totally on board. Telling the story of their son's three open heart surgeries, seven angioplasties plus unrelated stomach surgery, with all the encompassing elements of their lives, meant a major loss of privacy. As Bret drafted the book, Amy warmed to it. Bret, in a moment of clarity provided by his father-in-law, had adopted the experience as his "cause."



At this point in our interview, I brought up the most moving moment of the book. The Baiers had become fixtures at Children's National Medical Center in D.C. They made a decision to wait for world-renown pediatric heart surgeon Richard Jonas to return from overseas to perform the complex surgery on Paulie. During this time, they became acquainted with other families who similarly had children facing life-threatening illnesses. The morning they arrived for Paulie's first surgery, they were surprised that the family of 9-month-old Maggie was not there, only to be told the little girl had died the night before. They were shattered.

By day's end, Dr. Jonas had emerged from surgery and told the anxious Baiers that the operation had been successful. They had a long way to go, but the first mountain had been climbed. While with Paulie in recovery, a nurse came in and told them they had a call, which Bret took. On the other end of the phone was Maggie's mother checking to see how Paulie had done in his surgery. I asked Bret to tell me his immediate reaction. When he heard her voice he said "I froze, I had goose bumps. This woman, who had just lost her child, had the strength and the humanity to check how we were doing. The call was life-changing and one of the reasons I had to do the book." The moment is so powerful that just discussing it had both Bret and I choked up.

The Baiers have been on a cross-country book tour promoting the book. At each stop they have encountered people wanting to share their experiences about their similar challenges with a child. This is exactly why Bret felt he needed to do this book. An estimated one in 100 children are born with heart problems, maybe not as severe as Paulie's, but still that child's parents experienced the same trauma that the Baiers went through. The book tour has been one big group hug. It has allowed others to experience a cathartic moment where they know they are not alone. That includes Maggie's father who came to one of the events.

The Baiers have a sense of being truly blessed. Where many times these type of events tear families apart, this has brought Amy and Bret closer. They have become more religiously committed as they understand the blessings they have been given. They have the daily show of Paulie (who wants to called Paul now) playing with his little brother Daniel.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the book sales are going to a variety of non-profits supporting pediatric heart causes. The Baiers have been working hard for children's charities to help kids who are born with similar challenges to Paul's. The Baiers and their families have donated $2 million to create the Paul Francis Baier Comprehensive Media Room at Children's National, which gives physicians and nurses a place to review diagnostic images and tests.

Special Heart is an act of love for all the children, their parents, and especially for Maggie.

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Bruce Bialosky is the founder of the Republican Jewish Coalition of California and a former Presidential appointee.


Previously:


07/21/14 The Phone Call to Putin
07/14/14 Reality of the IRS Scandal
07/07/14 Having a Laugh About Gluten
06/30/14 Benghazi and Hillary
06/23/14 Why Non-Baseball Fans Should Love Tony Gwynn
06/16/14 Why Americans Hate Big Business
06/09/14 Obama's Master Plan
06/02/14 Los Angeles' Solution To Failing Government
05/26/14 Curing The VA Problems
05/19/14 There are worst tax agencies than the IRS
05/12/14 From Target to Benghazi
05/05/14 An American Solution to Income Inequality
04/28/14 Medicaid, the Next Obama Disaster
04/21/14 President Hope abandons it
04/14/14 The Great Divide in America
04/07/14 Banks Play Ball with Government to Hand Over Your Assets
03/24/14 To Frack or Not to Frack, That is the Question
03/17/14 Doing Right While Being So Wrong
03/10/14 Los Angeles: The Next Failed Government?
03/03/14 Dems, How Much Will You Take?
02/24/14 NCAA Juicing Basketball
02/17/14 Thank You President Obama for Freeing Me
02/10/14 What Jack Kennedy Wrought
02/03/14 Women Need To Have Equality
01/27/14 Our Smartest President?
01/20/14 And When I Die
01/13/14 Congressional Extortion
01/06/14 Why Obamacare Cannot Succeed
12/30/13 Why Judge Was Incorrect in NSA Case
12/09/13 The Real Reaction to Obamacare
12/09/13 How to Secure a Proper Iranian Agreement
12/03/13 Frontline/ProPublica's Misguided Attack on The Assisted Living Industry, Part 2
12/02/13 Frontline/ProPublica's Misguided Attack on The Assisted Living Industry, Part 1
11/25/13 Obamacare --- Big Business Gets Screwed Again
11/18/13 Shocking News: Dems Want New 'Revenues'
11/11/13 Do You Want A Nationalized Drug Industry?
11/04/13 Obamacare Schadenfreude
10/28/13 The Second Biggest Issue in America
10/21/13 The New Welfare State





© 2013, Bruce Bialosky

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