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CHD Awareness Day & This Time Last Year

2003-02-14 10:43 a.m.

Last year I had my retrieval on the 28th of January and my 5 day transfer on February 2. Then I found out I was pregnant on February 12th! Here is a pic of my 2 embies that were transferred. One emrbyo split in identical twins. It's bittersweet but I do believe I will see my 2 angel babies in heaven one day.

And today is CHD Awareness Day!!!

And I am out to spread the word. So please take a moment to read this and feel free to pass it on in an effort to educate others in CHD.

We are very blessed in that Salem's is on the milder end of the spectrum and we hope through prayer and medication and a careful watch it continues to stay that way. But did you know...

~ 1 in 100 births result in some form of Congenital Heart Defect. 1 in 10 of those are fatal.

~Twice as many children die each year from Congenital Heart Defects than all childhood cancers, yet there is five times more research dollars expended for childhood cancer research than for Congenital Heart Defects.

~Congenital Heart Defects are the most common birth defect and the number one cause of death from birth defects during the first year of life.

~Over 91,000 life years are lost each year in the US due to congenital heart disease.

Currently, there is no known cause, cure or prevention for congenital heart defects.

But there is a way that you can help!!!

1. Donate blood. Heart patients use a lot of blood for surgery. A friend of mine that I met online, her daughter has used donated blood and will need more in the future. She has another surgery on 2-18. The saying "give blood, give life" is really true!

2. Donate Organs. Talk to your family about organ donation. Many people die each year waiting for an organ transplant.

3. Donate money to research. We really need to raise more money for research. It is very sad to know that because of the lack of funding and research we cannot prevent other children from being born with CHD's. Through research they have already made many surgical advancements. Hopefully by raising research money they can continue to make advancements. There are many places to donate money. Here is one good one.

Your help is needed,

and that's not all,

we need awareness,

for the little and small.

We need your help,

to spread the word....

of congenital heart defects,

for no one has heard!

This is a deadly defect,

affecting many that are born,

turning lives upside down....

leaving dreams shattered and torn.

Congenital heart defects,

known as CHD's,

are the #1 birth defect,

but a hidden disease.

Doses of medicine,

many times a day,

a little child,

that can't run or play,

his little heart

can't take the stress

his little body

just needs to rest

A little baby

that struggles to eat,

with tiny blue lips,

and hands and feet.

A mother stands by

her baby's grave,

praying through research,

others will be saved!

Written by Angela Brooks

In memory of Zachary Brooks

(june 2, 1999 - November 30, 1999)

NOTE: I will be back to post about my MIL later today. I just felt this entry was more important for me! :)

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