Thanksgiving. A time for family and friends to come together. The scent of turkey roasting, the sound of children’s laughter.

Pleasant reminders of all that we have to be thankful for; and for us CHD parents, we have so much.

1. The medical community. While some of us are fortunate to be home with our loved ones this Holiday, many of us are in the hospital with our heart warriors.

We are thankful that the medical community never stops. We are thankful that they ensure that our children are well-cared for, no matter the day, or time.

When duty calls, they always answer.

They enter our child’s room with a hop in their step and a loving smile on their face. They are busy making children and families feel at home in the hospital this Thanksgiving.

We are so thankful for them; today and every day.

2. Family & Friends. To those who always have our back and stand by our side in both the good times and the very difficult and emotional ones, we are humbled by the support you provide.

Whether it’s a message of encouragement, a helpful meal, a simple call to check in, or lending an understanding, patient, listening ear, you know that parenting our heart babies can, and sometimes does, take a village.

We are thankful for our extended hospital family, full of doctors and nurses.

We are thankful for the new family and friends with whom we have formed a unique bond and special relationship with as we are united through our child’s CHD diagnosis.

To the expansive heart community who always supports one another, we are thankful.

3. The gift of Life. Tomorrow is not a guarantee. We are grateful for each new day we are given with our heart warriors.

We are thankful for each and every beat of our child’s sweet, little, mended heart.

We live each day to the fullest and try not to take ourselves too seriously. We know how precious this fragile life is, and we are thankful.

This Thanksgiving, take pause and appreciate the miracle and gift of life. For this beautiful life, we are thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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