Featured CDH International’s Illinois Ambassador is Mindy Doellman. Mindy is the mom to angel cherub Matthew.
“My name is Mindy Doellman and I am a grandma to two little boys whom I love with all my heart. They are the sons to my daughter Danielle who was 3 when my CDH baby Matthew was born. She still recalls seeing him in the NICU. I also have a ‘rainbow baby’ named Joshua. He was born about 15 months after Matthew passed.
I am a registered nurse with my master’s and have worked in just about every place imaginable. My husband is retired military and recently retired from his second job from a local factory.
I am currently working for our local high school through their vocational-technical school teaching Juniors and Seniors in the CNA program that is offered through the high school. I also work as a job coach for a company called Challenge Unlimited which helps people with disabilities be more productive and independent by finding and assisting with training them in new jobs.
We moved back to Illinois in 1999 when my hubby retired from the military. This is home to us. My husband and I both were born and raised here.
I am hoping to be a support person for other families who are going through the roller coaster ride with their CDH babies. It’s not easy being a parent to a CDH baby and most people do not understand what all is involved. Matthew was my main reason for entering Nursing.
I love doing family genealogy, playing computer games and doing research for my jobs. I also love spending quality time with my family and especially my precious grandsons. Our backyard is the play center of the area as it contains a large pool and a trampoline.”