❤ Happy HEART Day! ❤

For the last five days, I have been sharing different posts in a #MiniSeries to help raise awareness for Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week!   As a mother of a “Heart Hero”, this is a very special week for our family. Our son was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot, I explain about this condition in […]

Congenital Heart Defect Week #MiniSeries – Heart Structure

Congenital heart defects are problems with the heart’s structure that are present at birth. As we continue to celebrate Congenital Heart Defect awareness month. Did you know that congenital heart defects change the normal flow of blood through the heart? Here is a drawing the Pediatric Cardiologist gave to us when he was showing us what exactly […]

Congenital Heart Defect Week #MiniSeries – Some Babies Born With CHD Will Need Surgery

For many forms of CHD, surgery is not a cure. Congenital heart disease is a lifelong condition requiring specialized care, and often additional surgeries and medications are needed later in life. From the CDC: As medical care and treatment have improved, babies and children with CHDs are living longer and healthier lives. Most are now […]

Congenital Heart Defect Week #MiniSeries – Infants Born With CHD

Did you know that approximately half of all infants born with Down syndrome have a heart defect? Many congenital heart defects have no signs or symptoms.  Sometimes a doctor can hear a slight murmur in an infant, sometimes they can’t.  But that doesn’t always mean it’s a heart defect, and usually, murmurs go away as […]

Congenital Heart Defect Week #MiniSeries – Most Common Birth Defect

  Congenital Heart Defects (CHDs) are the most common birth defects in the United States, affecting approximately 1 in every 110 (about 40,000) babies each year. However, early screening is key to an infant’s survival. We were fortunate because we detected Jacob’s heart condition when I was four months pregnant. According to Dr. Matthew Davis, Chief […]

Let's Get Reacquainted

Hi, I’m Marla! Remember me? LOL! I know it has been a while…I have been busy, let’s just start there! 2017 was a whirlwind year of accomplishing great things, meeting amazing people and doing what I love – advocacy and inspiring others. 2017 in a quick minute: March 2017 – I was accepted to be […]

Congenital Heart Defect Week #MiniSeries – Meet My Heart Hero

It’s February and if you are a Mom of a “Heart Hero” you know how important this month is to us. February 7-14 every year, the world celebrates our precious ones with congenital heart defects (CHD). For the next five days, I will share with you my heart hero, my son Jacob! Jacob was born […]