Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Month

 

I was born with several heart defects.  Although, mine were not immediately life threatening they did make my childhood a little more, well, unique than others.

I remember playing in the snow and being told to go back inside because my lips were blue.  I'd be swimming and be told to go sit at the edge of the pool because my lips were blue.  I didn't quite understand how my lips could be blue when it was nearly 100 degrees outside.

 

I was diagnosed with several defects including Atrial Septal Defect, Ventricular Septal Defect, Transposition of the Great Vessels, & Pulmonary Stenosis.Want to know Five facts about Congenital Heart Defects (CHD)?  Check out the CDC's information here and trust me you will be surprised.CHD are the most common type of birth defects.  Most people don't know that.


Did you know that the cost incurred by CHD patients, their family, and the tax payers is over $5 BILLION per YEAR!!!So many other facts are found on the CDC's website.


 

 If we want the mortality rate to drop then we need to have the funds for research and right now it's just not there.


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