Posted on February 6, 2019
So that was January 2019 done and dusted. This year Share Six has decided to incorporate throughout 2019, different causes that mean something to us. It’s either a cause that we had agreed to highlight or a cause that directly impacts us. This month we have chosen to highlight #CHDAwareness and the #paperheartproject. Two years ago I first connected with the #paperheartproject when a fellow photographer asked all the friends she knew to post and image and tag #paperheartproject. I was amazed at the response. This year she is doing it again. The goal of the campaign is to spread awareness of Congenital Heart Defects is all about. One out of a hundred children are born with a CHD. There are many different types of CHDs and children can suffer from one defect or multiple defects. The severity of the defect can range from mild, meaning a child will need no treatment, to terminal, the defects will ultimately take the child’s life.
The story my friend shared was that her son had been born with 10 different CHD’s. He has now undergone 3 open heart surgeries, 1 intestinal surgery, and 88 other procedures. Due to the functionality of his heart he will need a heart and liver transplant in the future. There is no cure for CHD’s only surgery and as a mother my heart goes out to this family.
As a parent, I knew the fear of hearing that my son had a heart murmur. Fortunately for him, he grew out of it. That is not to say that we did not experience multiple surgeries with Cameron. He had a bone disorder, that resulted in 17 surgeries. My nephew has had heart surgery just recently to repair a leaky valve. But I cannot comprehend what this young boy in the story above has gone through. Today he is 5 years old.
If you do not know much about CHD, I have posted a link below that you can go and read up about it.
For the rest of my blog I have chosen to stick with the heart theme. The heart is the most vital source of our bodies. It is the very organ that keeps us alive.
So I looked around, in nature and places that I have visited for images showing a heart. Some are new, some may be older.
You can learn more about CHD by clicking on this link or here. The first link will take you to CHD.org and the second link will take you to the Children’s Heart Foundation. You too can be a part of sharing awareness. Tag #paperheartproject, #chdawareness, #sharesix_red/heart.
Thank you for joining me for this month’s Share Six blog post. This is a circle blog. From the sneak peak images I have seen, you are going to want to follow the circle. Please take time to visit my friend and very talented artist Kathy of KG Ledbetter Photography and see what she has for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month. Don’t forget to leave a little love on their page as well. Come and share your images on Facebook and Instagram tagging #sharesix_red_heart. You can either choose the color red, or you can post hearts or you can post red hearts, the choice is yours.
And on that note, red hearts are traditionally found around Valentine’s Day which is just around the corner, so I would like to take the time wish you all a Happy Valentines Day. Richard is my Valentine and he photo bombed my shoot when I was taking my first image. We have been married 32 years and I have to be honest, I cannot think of a better person to have at my side. Have a wonderful valentines day. Don’t forget to tell someone you love them 🙂
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