Thank you to Marilyn Gladu, MP for supporting Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) awareness in Canada and Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance.
By reading your statement in the House of Commons today and recognizing February 14th as Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) Awareness Day in Canada, you help increase awareness and advocacy for the more than 250,000 Canadians living with Congenital Heart Disease, many who require lifelong specialized care.
Marilyn Gladu is the MP for Sarnia-Lambton and serves as the Shadow Minister for Health in the Official Opposition
During 2019 Heart Awareness Month, we will be highlighting CHD stories of our members.
Our next Faces of CHD story is about Rita. You can read Rita's story below. For previous stories, see bottom of page.
Rita from Lethbridge, AB
CHD diagnosis: Tetralogy of Fallot
I was born January 1970 in Lethbridge, AB. Within one week I was diagnosed with a heart murmur, and by one month of age, referred to Dr. R. Sommerville in Calgary, AB. I was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot. At around four months of age, I had my first surgery, by in Vancouver BC. In 1978, I went back to Vancouver for...
"Thrown into the strange, scary world of critically sick children, heart parents become fierce advocates for awareness." Thanks to Sarah Trainor of CBC for sharing her family's story of their son Ellis' journey with CHD. Ellis' story touches on so many issues that CHD patients and their families face, including the importance of maternal screening for heart defects, the challenges of relocating to seek life-saving medical treatment, and the incredible roles that parents play as caregivers and advocates for their children.
Thank you to Marilyn Gladu, MP (Sarnia_Lambton, ON Opposition Health Critic) for reading our statement in the House of Commons and recognizing February 14th as Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) Awareness Day in Canada.
Children pass many milestones growing up, the first day of kindergarten, the liberty of becoming a licensed driver and -going-off-to-college or university, just to name a few. Parents give the necessary “talks” about responsibility, risk and behaviour. These transitions are thought of as rites of passage.
Prepping our youth for entry into adult health care should be no different than transitioning into college, university or into the workforce. At some point, most individuals will assume responsibility for maintaining and managing their own health. There remains work to do to...