I learned a statistic recently that shocked me - about 1 in 110 children in the United States have an autism spectrum disorder. (CDC - November 2011)
Do those numbers sound familiar?
How is it that pretty much anyone you meet knows about autism, but I continue to get dumfounded looks when I try to explain to someone that my child has something wrong with his heart?! Don't get me wrong; I was one of those people 3 years ago, but statistics like that are proof that we have to keep spreading the word about congenital heart defects! As much as I wish "CHD" wasn't a part of my vocabulary, it is - and the world needs to know what those three little letters are doing to our babies!
End rant ... for now.
Exciting things are happening this week all over the blog-o-sphere! Stefenie is continuing her yearly tradition of interviewing fellow Heart Moms, and Jenny will be blogging about the HOPE we have for our children. I know there will be more to come, and I'll be sure to share as things pop up.
There's good stuff taking place here, too. I am a guest blogger for Triangle Moms on Main this week, with my first post being published this morning,
I'm hosting my very first giveaway!
A few weeks ago, I was browsing Etsy for some "heart art". I'm always in the market for anything heart-related, and I was hoping to find inspiration for Ethan's bathroom. Well, I found it.
A ready-to-hang, 5 inch square tile covered in beautifully broken pieces of glass. I instantly contacted the shop owner - check out her stuff! - to purchase this piece, and told her a little bit about congenital heart defects in the process. Through our conversation she generously agreed to donate a second tile to be given away to one of you!
Since no two tiles are the same, here's the one that's up for grabs (and made especially for this giveaway):
Is that perfect for this week, or what?! Whether you're personally affected by heart defects, or not, this is a gorgeous reminder that it's all about love, and the heart from which it comes - in all of its broken-turned-beautiful glory.
So, you want to win it? Here's how:
1. For one entry, leave a comment below and tell me where you would hang the tile in your house.
2. For a second entry, leave another comment telling me that you've shared this post on Facebook/Twitter/your blog.
3. For a third entry, "like" our Signs of Life page on Facebook, and leave a comment here telling me that you did so (or that you already have!).
That's it! Three easy ways to play, and it could be yours. You'll have from now until 11:59 p.m. on February 13th to comment, share, and like; the winner will be chosen at random and announced at the end of CHD Awareness Week on February 14th.
Ready? ... Set? ... Go raise some awareness, and good luck!