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February Is CHD Awareness Month :: Know The Signs February is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Month. Here are some statistics: - There are 40 types of congenital heart defects. - 40,000 babies are born in the USA with CHD every year, that equates to 1 in 100 children. One child every 15 minutes will receive a diagnosis. - Around 25% of children who have CHD will need heart surgery or other types of interventions to survive. - CHD is a leading cause of death in infants and children, twice as many children will die from CHD as they will from all forms of childhood cancer combined. Yet childhood cancer research funding is five times higher than CHD research funding - Baton Rouge does NOT have a...
Camp Bon Coeur :: An Oasis For Heart Warriors Having children with medical needs affects you. There's always so many questions to be asked, decisions to be made. What if my child doesn't progress like other kids? What if something happens? What does their future look like? You also start questioning whether or not they’ll get to have the normal experiences of childhood most people take for granted. Summer camp is one of those experiences. Let’s backtrack a little. I have two children with heart conditions. My daughter is 9, and my son is 4. She was diagnosed as an infant and he was diagnosed in utero. They’ve both undergone surgery to alleviate their conditions and improve their lives. While those...
Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by CHNOLA. That said, how fun is this raffle?! You Could be in Your Eras Tour Era! Swifties, are you ready for it?! There is still hope for getting tickets to TAYLOR SWIFT | THE ERAS TOUR tickets in New Orleans this year! Children’s Hospital New Orleans has announced an exciting opportunity to win suite tickets to the TAYLOR SWIFT | THE ERAS TOUR concert at the Superdome on Saturday, October 26, 2024! The hospital is raffling 28 tickets to the Saturday night show, but this raffle Hits Different – it’s all for the kids! You can feel good about your raffle ticket purchase, win or lose, because the funds are going to a great cause,...

Raising Without Religion

Raising Without Religion I’m raising my kids without religion. There, I said it. We don’t attend church. We don’t read the Bible. Not that I’m against those things, it’s just not my style. It may be an unpopular opinion, especially in the South, but my children get to choose whether or not they want to follow an organized religion. I do not force it, but if they decide to go that route, I try my best to encourage it. Our children will grow into adults before our eyes and I believe they’re entitled to the right to choose their own spiritual path. I was raised as what I could only describe as a lax Catholic. My parents chose to bring me to...
It's Tough To Hear, But It's True :: Grandparents Have Earned Their Opinions I’ll start by saying that this article is written with a humble, grateful heart. When I think about all that my parents have done to foster the growth and development of my daughter, I cannot help but form tears of thankfulness and immense appreciation. It has been a journey to get to the place of sincere recognition for my parents’ efforts, and I write to hopefully help others feel the same.   Let’s start from the beginning. You see, I was almost thirty-two when I had my daughter. Well settled into my career, financially responsible, educated, with a promising future, my life was on a path towards executive leadership...

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