This month is bittersweet for us.
I LOVE Valentines, pink & red, hearts, etc., but hearts also have many meanings for us now.
On February 11th, 2010, we found out Cohen had a broken heart. Talk about the month of hearts.
Last February, I spent praying that Knox & Sloane would not have broken hearts, as we waited to find out.
So, not only will we always acknowledge fun and cute lovey dovey stuff, we will also think about heart disease. We will always think about how our world came crashing down one February morning, just a few days before Valentine’s Day.
So, this February, I know it’s a fun season, but I ask you to think about how heart disease is the number one killer of women (American Heart Association.) It kills more than all cancers combined and think of how awful cancer is.
Think about how congenital heart defects are the number one cause of birth defect related deaths (The Children’s Heart Foundation.)
Think about how you know someone or know someone that knows someone, who has essentially, died from a broken heart
I plan to do several posts throughout the month as this is something I feel strongly about. I feel strongly about it all the time, but I’ve made effort not to let it take over my blog. With February being awareness month, I do plan to touch on it several times.
I also have several people who wanted to do fundraisers and give a portion of their small business profits to iPods from Cohen. I will be posting about those as well. We plan to have the iPod Touches ready for Children’s by Cohen’s second birthday, in June. Brent and I have been setting money aside for them as well.
Our local heart walk is April 21st this year. Last year it was amazing to see all the people in our town show up to support their loved ones or friends, including Cohen 🙂 I didn’t realize those picture kinda make me cry now until I just looked at them again. #hormonalforlife much. ha
February 7th-14th is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week. More info here.
For those unsure, congenital basically means that it existed at birth or before birth. So, while many people die from heart disease, often times it wasn’t a disease they were born with. Congenital heart defects are something that many, many babies are born with. We found out at about 22 weeks that Cohen had congenital heart defects. Thankfully, my OB detected something wasn’t right and sent us for an echocardiogram. I honestly think all pregnancies should include an ECHO, but that’s another topic for another day.
I know that not all of my readers have been effected by these things, but at some point, you might be.
It’s very real and frankly, it sucks.