Trish is going to raffle off a hand made afghan (that I will make after the raffle in colors of your choice) The money made will go to the AHA for team Nova. It will be one entry for $3.00 or 2 for $5.00 go to paypal.com and send the money to firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to put "afghan raffle" in the note space. The raffle will run until Sept 7th.
Here is the afghan design I will be using........
Congenital heart defects are the #1 birth defect. In the US alone, over 40,000 babies are born each year with a congenital heart defect. That translates to 1 out of every 100 births.
(To put those numbers into perspective, only 1 in every 800 to 1,000 babies is born with Downs Syndrome.)
Nearly 4000 of the 40,000 born of those with a congenital heart defect will die. That makes Congenital Heart Defects the leading cause of defect related death in children.
Even though Congenital Heart Defects are the most common birth defect, they remain the most unheard of. Without raising awareness, the advances we're hoping for won't be available. Funding for childhood cancer research is five times higher than that of CHD research, although twice as many babies die from CHD's.
And yet, most people have never even heard of Congenital Heart Defects unless their child or another family member is diagnosed with it. Two of my children were diagnosed, and died, of CHD.
I got a card from the nurses in CVRU yesterday evening. No, it isn't his birthday, or the anniverssary of his death, or anything at all. It was truly just because... just because they're awesome. It made me cry. In a good way :)
I pre-register for my GED tests in the morning. Just a month and 10 days before I can actually take the dang tests.
I'm still waiting for the lightbulb to come on over my head... you know, the one that says, "Ohhhhhh, THAT'S what I wanna be when I grow up!" I did put in an application last night with CMC-Union though. Sure, it'll be me sweeping floors on night shift, but you know what? It's a start. Well, it would be if they'd hire me without a GED, which they won't.