Sunday, February 8, 2009

CHD Awareness week Feb 7-14

I am working on a little montage to share for Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week, but meanwhile I wanted to share a beautiful poem written by a heart mother a couple of years ago. I have read it so many times, but it continues to have the same impact on me as the first time I read it. Thank you, Stephanie for sharing this with us........

Somewhere...someplace... today...
A family is waiting to hear...
Is something wrong with their baby?
The answers aren't quite clear...
This family has entered an unwanted world...
And they just don't know what to expect...
Somewhere...someplace... today...
They first heard the words: heart defect.
And how they hoped this was not true...
And thought... this cannot be...
I too... know just how this feels...
For one day...this was me.
Somewhere...someplace...today...
A man and a woman embrace...
Their baby is in surgery...
They long to see her face...
They haven't got to hold her yet...
Without...a cord or line...
They pace the room awaiting news...
And hope she'll be just fine.
Prayers fill this busy waiting room...
And mom and dad are scared...
Somewhere...someplace..today...
The tiniest hearts are repaired.
Somewhere...someplace...today...
A child's growing fast...
Smiling,laughing,thriving...
His mom thinks...can this last?
It's almost easy...to forget...
That anything is wrong...
Somewhere...someplace..today...
Her child seems so strong.
Somewhere...someplace... today...
A little boy fights...just to live...
A father holds his tiny hand...
His love...all he can give...
The doctor's are all baffled...
They fear that he might die...
Somewhere...someplace...today...
A family says goodbye...
Somewhere...someplace...each year...
More than 40,000 families will see...
What it means...when something's wrong...
They'll face a CHD.
Today...for just a moment...
Stop...remember...reflect...
Make time to tell someone you know...
"I've been changed by a heart defect".

~Stephanie Husted (Feb. 6 2007)

Also, if you have the time, check out the CHD awareness video in the right sidebar. It was made by a fellow heart mom, Anna-Maria, and is full of many interesting facts about CHD. (As well as many, many cute babies!)


Congenital heart disease is one of those things you don't think of unless you have been personally touched by it, and after you have, life is never the same again.

1 comments:

Samantha said...

I love that poem...I have the book upstairs that it came from (at least I think that this one came from that book :))

You are so right...CHD is not anything we ever think about until it comes into our own lives :(

Heart hugs!!!
Samantha

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