Sunday, January 9, 2011

January 2011 is Birth Defects Awareness Month

Did you know that January 2011 is Birth Defects Awareness Month?
while most genetic birth defects are caused by uncertainty, there are many things a mother to be can do to make herself healthy, and aid in prevention against Birth defects.
This is why our family is involved with the March of Dimes, March for babies. On May 1 , 2011, our family will be walking for the third straight year in honor of our son Liam.

If you are unaware of Liam's story, click here. Liam was diagnosed while just 12 weeks gestation with a Cystic Hygroma. This birth defect occurs about 1, in 5,000-10,000 births. Basically, Liam's Lymphnode system was "immature"" and not funtioning. In a normal body, your Lymphnodes are responsible for secreting your fluids throughout your entire body. As you know, you have Lymphnodes in your head and neck area, not to mention other areas. The fluid was not being secreted, and just filling up in n his neck and head. Of course, this is quite bad news, and is usually a symptom of another underlying cause.
Liams prognosis was quite grim. However, we watched him every week on ultrasounds, and monitored his well being. We had several tests done to determine his condtion including, amniocentisis, so we could deliver him at the best possible hospital.

Liam's story ends in victory with a miracle. However, we know that this for some reason isnt always the way the story goes. As believers, we realize God has a plan in all things. He has lead us to the March for Babies; to keep raising awareness for these such Birth defects, the QUALITY of life, prematurity, and sometimes still birth.

We are currently looking for walkers to Join TEAM MIRACLES 2011. Walk with us on May 1, 2011, and help raise awreness for all "miracle " babes!

Click on the link and Join our team, OR make a tax deductible donation....and remember no donation is too small.....just like,

" A person is a person, no matter how small"- dr. seuss

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