A Mom’s Heart: #MiracleMoms

Motherhood brings so much joy to our lives.

That first baby smile, laugh, crawl, step…. the milestones get bigger as our children do. We celebrate each with photos and facebook updates, sharing the joyous news that yes, we finally have a diaper-free household or our youngest had his first day of preschool.

So much excitement, our hearts are filled with love for our children.

But, after becoming a mom, my heart wasn’t just filled with joy, it was filled with worry as well.

To see each one of my babies’ faces and realize that while I can try to make the best decisions for them and keep them as safe as I can, I don’t have control over every little thing.

That my kids could get hurt or sick, no matter what precautions I take to try to keep them in  a safe little bubble.

This is why I’ve been honored to be one of the #MiracleMoms over the past month. I’ve been able to share with you what happens inside a Children’s Miracle Network hospital as well as share the personal story of Heath and his family: Duke Children’s Hospital gave their son a new heart.

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Duke Children's Hospital

Duke Children’s Hospital shares a common mission with other Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals:

“Our patients and their families are shining examples of courage and strength. They are a source of inspiration to us as we work to bring children the benefits of the latest medical care and research in a warm, child-friendly atmosphere–and to bring new hope to the children we serve, today and tomorrow.”

As a mom, #MiracleMoms is a cause close to my heart. Should that worry ever go from the what-if to the what-is, I take comfort in knowing the Children’s Miracle Network exists. An organization that touches “.. the lives of more children and their families than any other children’s charity. Whether they suffer from common childhood afflictions like asthma and broken bones, or fight bigger challenges like birth defects or cancer, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide comfort, treatment and hope to millions of sick kids each year.  These kids aren’t in faraway countries or from opposite sides of the nations—they’re in your community. They may be your own children.”

How you can help

Spread the word by sharing about #miraclemoms on facebook and twitter. And then please help me reach my goal of raising $1000 for the Children’s Miracle Network by visiting my donation page. Note: since this campaign began, paypal has been added as an option for donations. 

Any little bit helps: $1, $5, $10…. but if you donate $25 or more, you’ll join the #MiracleMoms over in my sidebar for the summer. You can see details about that here.

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#MiracleMoms is a sponsored campaign. All opinions expressed are my own and all donations go to Children’s Miracle Network/Duke Children’s Hospital. 

Comments

  1. What a great thing you are doing! As a mom to a child who has spent quite a bit of time in a Children’s Miracle Network hospital (and other children’s hospitals), I applaud you for helping. Thanks!
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  2. That hospital looks amazing! With all the struggles I have with my kiddos, I’m still so blessed to have two healthy babies. This really puts thing into perspective!
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  3. DONE, sweet girl!
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  4. Shit.

    That photo took my breath away and brought me back in an instant. I have walked those floors, but the memory of the physical structure had long been removed from my memories until just now. It was such a terrible time – three days after first walking into that hospital being told my 11 year old daughter would die. Being told that in a room right in that hospital….so much of the interactions and feelings linger so fresh in my  mind. 

    But I’ve never given thought to the actual hospital itself. Now I feel like I can close my eyes and be right back there – like I could tell you where the information desk is, the elevators, the cafeteria, etc.  I think I could even tell you how it smelled. 

    To think that building was once blessed enough to have the beautiful Olivia Grace walk on through it’s doors…..

  5. Great cause, Shell! I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again. The hospital that saved Tommy was a Children’s Miracle Network hospital and I will forever be grateful to them.
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