Saturday, February 6, 2010

Seven Hearts in Seven Days: Preface and Giveaway

If you've been around you've noticed the changes this month.  My header, the links on the side.  All of this is because February is Heart Health Awareness Month and this cause is very close to my own heart.

See my son was born with a congenital heart defect, ebstein's anomaly.  We had no idea there were any problems with him until the day after he was born - and then I learned a lot more about the heart than I ever wanted to. Such as,
CHD is the most common birth defect, and the least common screened for.

It is in his honor, that Seven Hearts in Seven Days is presented to you.  Coinciding with Congenital Heart Defect Awareness week, February 7-14th, there will be guest posts from other heart Moms, and even a survivor each day.  Our finalle will actually be an eighth mom on February 14th along with a linky for all posts on CHD.

Please spread the word about CHD and come back each day to read the inspirational and heart wrenching stories from Moms across the country just like you!  Our goal is to spread awareness to all Mom's that CHDs are the number 1 birth defect.  If you choose to participate, we have a surprise for you.

A GIVEAWAY to support CHD awarness starts today February 6th and ends at 11:59pm EST on February 14th.  There will be three prizes that will be given to three random winners.  Winner A will recieve Godiva, Winner B will recieve a gift certificate and Winner C will win a necklace to benefit CHD awareness.
One box of Godiva Chocolate
One $20.00 gift certificate to Target

To Enter:
You must leave a comment here that has one fact or statistic regarding CHDs.  Facts can be found on The Children's Heart Foundation or CHIN or the American Heart Association websites.  Please leave a different fact than the person before you.  (mandatory entry)

Extra Entries:
1. Grab the Seven Hearts button.  Leave a link where it can be found. (worth 2 entries)
2. Follow this blog (worth 1 entry)
3. Leave one comment each day on each day's guest post, then come back here and say which post you commented on. (worth 1 entry)
4. Follow me on Twitter and Tweet about this giveaway using the text below. Leave the link to your tweet in your comment here. (worth one entry daily)
I entered to win a heart at #sevenhearts - Join us at http://tinyurl.com/ygdbow8 and raise awareness for #CHD too!
5. Refer someone to the Seven Hearts series, their first comment must contain you as their referral (worth 3 entries)
5Blog about Seven Hearts and this Giveaway (must have more information about Heart Defects than about this giveaway)  (worth 7 entries).

Be sure to leave a seperate comment for each entry and your email address if it is not in your profile.

Giveaway will end on February 14th at 11:59pm ET. The winners will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed. The winner will have 48 hours to contact me or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway open to US residents only.
Note to all CHD Bloggers: Join inLinkx on Feb. 14 with your awareness blog - lets spread the word!

101 comments:

  1. Wow... this stat shocked me

    Each year over 1,000,000 babies are born worldwide with a congenital heart defect. 100,000 of them will not live to see their first birthday and thousands more die before they reach adulthood.

    What a great message to spread. Visiting from SITS - Happy Saturday Sharefest!

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  2. I learned that "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." That is astronomical! Thank you for raising awareness of this.
    june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

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  3. CHD kills more children than all forms of childhood cancer combined.

    Thanks for the giveaway, and for the awareness.

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  4. At least 35 congenital heart defects are recognized.

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  5. Many cases of sudden cardiac death in young athletes are caused by undiagnosed CHDs and Childhood Onset Heart Disease.

    so sad.

    s-tay(at)cox(dot)net

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  6. I commented on Kelly's post. Amazing things I'm learning this week

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  7. Congenital heart defects are America’s and every country’s #1 birth defect. Nearly one of every 100 babies is born with a CHD.

    Wonderful idea! I will link you from my blog - I also finally got my post in to you :-D THanks for being patient with me!

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  8. It is a proven fact that the earlier CHD is detected and treated, the more likely the affected child will survive and have less long term health complications. Source: March of Dimes

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  9. Found your blog from Lauren's chd blog and facebook.
    Many chd kids will have at least one heart surgery in their lifetime. This fact from The Children's Heart Foundation amazed me: For the first time, more than 50% of the CHD survivors are adults.
    ~Yvonne; Mom to Bryce 5 years old (three heart surgeries and doing great)

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  10. Congenital heart defects are the leading cause of all infant deaths in the United States.

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  11. dreamzz12{at}aol{dot}com

    I follow through google connect as DG

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  13. dreamzz12{at}aol{dot}com

    I commented on Kelly's post -wow what a painful story and makes this cause even more eye opening!

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  21. I also wanted to let you know that I blogged about your series :-D I hope I can send a number of people your way :-D

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  22. At least 35 distinct types of defects are recognized, ranging from simple defects to complex malformations.

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  23. I'm a follower

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  24. tweeted
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  25. I commented on Kelly's amazing story. Thanks for sharing!

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  26. I am a follower on your blog now - forgot to mention that before, and I commented on Owen's Heart and Chloe's heart blog posts

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  27. Woman are more likely than men to have symptoms other than chest pain when having a heart attack (nausea, shortness of breath, jaw pain, etc.)
    bkittie@hotmail.com

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  28. commented on Lauran's beautiful blog post

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  29. I learned that there are an estimated 2,000,000 CHD survivors in the United States.

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  30. Lauren's post was wonderful.... nice to see someone who has "grown up"

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  31. WOW!! I didn't realize how many children were affected... more than 1 million worldwide!! And that often times with a severe case the child/adult is faced with other disabilities as well.

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  32. Great blog for spreading awareness of CHF! :D

    Great to know from the CHF.org website that there are an estimated 2,000,000 CHD survivors in the United States. That's really wonderful news!
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  33. commented on Lauren's post - so inspirational - teared up a little :*)


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  34. https://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/8882590350

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  35. 91,000 life years are lost each year in this country due to congenital heart defects.

    so sad!

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  36. I follow your blog!

    thanks xx

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  37. added your button

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  38. added your button, entry 2

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  47. 10% of the CHD cases are diagnosed in adulthood.

    Trudy
    onlyjustine at yahoo dot com

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  48. Amanda's story was amazing. Goodness... cancer in her twins and then a heart issue. Wow...

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  49. Out of the 40,000 Units of blood used each day, MOST is used by CHDers! Childhood cancer gets 5x MORE funding than CHDs!

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  50. I commented on Chole's post and Owen's. Both Amazing stories! =D Bless their little hearts!

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  51. I blogged about 7Hearts 7Days

    http://laurensheart.blogspot.com/2010/02/tomorrow-starts-chd-awareness-week.html

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  52. From the AHA-36,000 babies are born each year with heart defects

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  53. I follow your blog as jelaws5

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  54. I commented on Chloe's story-it truly touched my heart

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  55. https://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/8928066514

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  56. commented on Amanda's post - so heart breaking :(

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  57. CHD is the most frequently occurring birth defect, and is the leading cause of birth-defect related deaths. Jenprincess88 at aol dot com

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  58. new google follower-Jenprincess88 at aol dot com

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  59. commented here: http://3boys1hubbywhatnext.blogspot.com/2010/02/when-your-heart-is-broken-seven-hearts.html?showComment=1265853127825

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  60. commented here: http://3boys1hubbywhatnext.blogspot.com/2010/02/when-heart-needs-fixing-seven-hearts.html?showComment=1265853411477

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  61. commented here: http://3boys1hubbywhatnext.blogspot.com/2010/02/our-first-heart-belongs-to-chloe.html?showComment=1265853631060

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  63. In the United States, twice as many children die from congenital heart defects each year than from all forms of childhood cancer combined, yet funding for pediatric cancer research is five times higher than funding for CHD.
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  64. "Many cases of sudden cardiac death in young athletes are caused by undiagnosed CHDs and Childhood Onset Heart Disease."
    I remember hearing about these cases when I was in high school and there was never any link to CHDs, so that's an interesting fact. Makes me wonder how many of those I heard about were from CHDs.
    katidyd at hotmail dot com

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  65. I read that there are more than 40 different types of congenital heart defects, little is known about the cause of most of them and there is no known prevention or cure for any of them. I am in awe of these facts.

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  66. I learned Congenital heart defects are the #1 cause of birth defect related deaths.
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  67. Commented on GoofyJ's son's story! =D

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  70. commented on 2/11/10 Small Letters that Change your Life

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  71. Commented on Cain's amazing story!

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  72. Have you "Seven Hearts in Seven Days" icon on my blog.

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  73. I can't imagine leaving my child to have fun with another and then coming home to find everything going horribly wrong.... wow... GoofyJ's post reminded me to hug my kids a little longer

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  74. Clinkscales Family's post was an amazing reminder of God's protection. Praying for little Cain

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  75. CHD is the most frequently occurring birth defect, and is the leading cause of birth-defect related deaths

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  78. commented on It Takes Your Breath Away - Cain is an amazing little boy!

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  79. Each year approximately 40,000 babies are born in the United States with a congenital heart defect. thousands of them will not reach their first birthday and thousands more die before they reach adulthood.
    As an expecting mom this fact amazed me!

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  81. Commented on clinkscale family post

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  82. Heart Attack Warning Signs
    Some heart attacks are sudden and intense — the "movie heart attack," where no one doubts what's happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort.

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  87. commented on "When the heart stops moving"

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  88. Oh my goodness.... Cora's story just moved me. I can't even say more.

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  89. Olivia is such a cutie, but I'm wondering why she didn't have surgery. I'll have to go check that out - so much I don't know.

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  90. I had to come back this afternoon and tell you this. I have been profoundly impacted by this week on your blog. Heart problems in babies has never been a part of my life - I've not known someone, nor one of my children. But reading these posts this week really just reminded me of how blessed I am and also to pray. Thank you for sharing your story and having others share theirs. God has a reason for me stumbling upon this... I am sure of it.

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  92. commented on When your Heart is Gone

    Honestly, this was such an eye opening blog event. I really appreciate all the stories and hearing about this major health concerns. It's about time people started blogging with heart and compassion and raising awareness for such pivotal issues!

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  93. commented on the post about Cora - I've known far too many sweet angels and their families I hope in the future as research continues fewer and fewer of these beautiful babies will be lost to CHD.

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