As some of you know, Little Man was born with a heart defect. You can read about the moment that changed my life here, but I don't talk about it too much. You see, I am one of the lucky ones. My son's condition got better, and has yet to require surgery or invasive procedures, but many Heart Moms are not so lucky.
Very soon after my son was diagnosed, I started trying to raise awareness for CHD. I didn't want another Mom to be shocked like I was. For all the warnings we get while we are trying to concieve or are pregnant, very few of us ever hear about the NUMBER ONE birth defect - heart defects!
"Nearly twice as many children die from congenital heart disease in the United States each year as die from all forms of childhood cancers combined" ~AHA
"At least nine of every 1,000 infants born a year have a heart defect. That’s almost one percent of live-born infants." ~AHA
This year I am doing a program called Seven Hearts in Seven Days. During the week of Februrary 7-14, 2010 I am going to have other Heart Mom's guest post on my blog here. For the grand finale on the 14th I will have a link up of all the blog posts raising awareness for Congential Heart Defects.
Please join me in raising awareness. Grab the button on the side bar, post your own stories of Seven Hearts in Seven Days during awareness week, write in memory of a heart angel, or just join me for the finale and post facts on CHD. Whatever you do, know that it will help another Mom!
If you want more information on CHD Awareness Week, check out CHIN!