2009-02-09

Tribute Tuesday: CHD Week

Tuesday's Tribute
Yet Another Jay and Deb Production.


Meet Erin


And her beautiful Mommy, Jen



A little over 2 years ago sweet little Erin was born. I was so excited the night I was lucky enough to go see Jen and meet Erin in the hospital, I remember the joy on Jen's face and the sweet way she cared for her daughter. I remember holding that adorable wriggling little baby in my arms.

Shortly after her birth it was discovered that Erin had Ventricular Septal Defect, a type of Congenital Heart Defect and would require surgery. I remember January and February of 2007 very well, checking my email and calling my mother daily, checking on my sweet cousin's little girl (my mom and Jen's mom are sisters). I remember crying and praying for Erin, and researching all I could on VSD so that my Mom and I could better understand what our close relatives were going through. I remember how long that month seemed to be, and how many scary stories we heard about what Erin and her family was going through. I can't imagine how long it was for Jen.

It has almost been two years since Erin had her surgery, and if you saw her today you would never know how sick she had once been. The past two years Jen and her family have organized to raise money and awareness for CHD. Jen has once again organized a penny drive at the daycare she works at this year, and is doing what she can to spread the word of awareness.

This week is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week. The goal of this week is to inform the public on Congenital Heart Defects.

  • Congenital Heart Disease is considered to be the most common birth defect, and is a leading cause of birth-defect related deaths worldwide.
  • Despite the fact that CHD affects millions of families, a relatively small amount of funding is currently available for parent/patient educational services, research, and support.

Check out this site for more information.

I am sure Jen could tell you so much more about CHD and the importance of this week. Jen - I hope I did it justice...

So this is my tribute to Jen and Erin, two of the strongest women I know (ok...maybe Erin isn't a woman yet...), and two of my heroes!!

15 comments:

  1. Beautiful little girl! I'm glad your cousin is getting the word out there. What a blessing that she got through it and that she's fine!

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  2. What a wonderful tribute. That is so awesome that Erin is doing well & that Jen is raising money and awarness for CHD. Thanks for sharing this information.

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  3. Awesome tribute!!! God is so good! How can anyone doubt that there is a God!!

    Thank you for sharing!!!

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  4. This is the first time I have saw this carnival.

    Thanks for sharing about your cousin and her precious baby!

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  5. great tribute! i am so happy for jen and little erin. so much to go through at such an early age!

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  6. I'm so glad that Erin is doing so well...Praise God! She's a little cutie. Your family has such precious little kiddos...girls AND boys! :o)

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  7. I remeber when you were going through all of that. Ah, the days of us preggos sharing a cube!!

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  8. What an awesome tribute!! I am so glad she is doing well, what a cutie!!

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  9. This is such a wonderful tribute. Erin and Jen are both so beautiful, and I'm glad Erin is doing well!

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  10. Can I stop crying now?!!
    Thank you for your very touching tribute to my little hero and me and thank you for all how commented.

    In some ways I can't believe that 2 years has gone by, but in other ways the feelings are still fresh and very present with me. I will always be amazed by the plan that God has set for us. Through our struggle He has taught us strength and hope.

    Thanks again, Liz! I love and appreciate you!
    Jenny

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  11. My nephew was born with CHD and he had surgery early on, those were difficult years for our family.

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  12. yeah. erin is the best. great post.

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