This month our blog circle is joining in with the Paper Heart Project to spread awareness about Congenital Heart Defects (CHD). A congenital heart defect is a defect in the heart structure that is present at birth. One out of a hundred children are born with a CHD.
One of those hundred is my niece, Ally. Her heart defects required multiple surgeries at birth and eventually resulted in a heart transplant at Johns Hopkins when she was about 5 months old (one of the first non-matching blood-type heart transplants there!). She is now a vibrant, healthy 10-year-old, however her story is far from over. Her abdomen is covered in scars. Daily she takes multiple medications (like a champ!) one of which is now limiting some of her joys (jumping on the trampoline and riding horseback). She has one of the deepest connections to God of anyone I have encountered (likely because she was revived more than once and tasted a glimpse of heaven). Her spirit truly shines.
Here are two images of Ally. The first is of her morning medications that I captured this summer when we visited. And the second is classic Ally: in one of her many pairs of high heels. ❤
So this year I photographed 10 paper hearts for each year of Ally’s precious life and one sparkly heart for her heart donor. ❤ We will be ever-grateful for the gift of a new life for Ally.
For Ally’s heart donor…
I am part of a group of photographers, Share Six, who blog 6 images on the 6th of each month with unique monthly themes. Next up is the talented, Janet of Janet Douglas Photography. Please click HERE for her interpretation of this month’s theme. Then, follow around the circle for even more beauty and creativity. ❤
Join us for this month’s theme by posting your Red or Hearts images on our Facebook page at Share Six and to our Instagram gallery, by tagging #sharesix and #sharesix_red_heart. A new theme will be posted on March 6th.