Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect, affecting one in every hundred babies born. It is also the number one cause of birth defect related deaths in the first year of life. Nearly twice as many children die from congenital heart disease in the U.S. every year than all forms of childhood cancers combined. But unless you've dealt with it yourself, you probably didn't know that. In fact, I've taken care of my daughter who was born with CHD for 19 years and didn't even know that until recently! Wouldn't it be my family's luck to have both a child with complex CHD and a nephew with childhood brain cancer.
The banner isn't showing up right and it's almost 3am - I'm going to have to fix it later. Until then - have a great CHD Awareness Day!
Of course I don't want to forget to honor all the angels who have not survived their CHDs. The most recent angel being Paige. We have known and loved so many children who have passed away to CHD... our hearts break for their families who are left behind and yet we still push ahead, hoping for more advancements in the medical field to help our children grow, laugh and love.