Happy Heart Day 2015

Today is Valentine’s Day, aka Heart Day. It is also the last day of Congenital Heart Disease Awareness week.

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Earlier this week, I posted week 6 of my project 52. I needed to incorporate side light and I chose to use a heart lamp that my siblings and I decided should go to Kane when we were clearing out my dad’s office. In that post I mentioned that I would be using two more heart related items for our Heart Day shoot; my dad’s congenital heart disease textbook and one of his stethoscopes.

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I was surprised by how faint Kane’s surgery scar has become in the year since his surgery. And yes, those are his big boy boxers he has chosen to model in! This time last year he was in diapers and needed a hand or a piece of furniture to remain standing up. Click here to see last year’s Heart Day post.

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One of my favourite shots of the day.

Once I had some of the shots I was envisioning, I just watched Kane being Kane. He practiced using his stethoscope and, as always, these are the photos that end up telling the real story.

First he had to test it out on his brother.

First, he had to test it out on his brother.

Then the heart window cling. Another one of my favourite shots.

Then the heart window cling. Another one of my favourite shots.

Then he demanded that Indy, our golden retriever, be his patient!

Then he demanded our golden retriever be his patient!

Indy will put up with anything from Kane, probably because he always gets treats thrown down from the high chair!

Indy will put up with anything from Kane, probably because he always gets treats thrown down from the high chair!

Nana tried to show Kane where Indy's heart might actually be...

Nana tried to show Kane where Indy’s heart might actually be…

But Kane was having none of it!

But Kane was having none of it!

There are many ways you can support children and families dealing with congenital heart disease. The one I am highlighting this year is donating blood. As they say, “It’s in you to give.” Okay…while I’m on the topic of donations…have you also considered being an organ donor? Touchy subject, but even kids can be organ donors.

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Kane and my dad last January after Kane’s surgery.

This year’s post is in honour of my heart warrior, Kane, and in memory of my dad, Dennis, a cardiologist whose heart could no longer mend others.

7 thoughts on “Happy Heart Day 2015

  1. Once again Kristy your pictures are outstanding. Thank you for sharing. I hope your mom and the rest of your family are finding peace and comfort. Your boys will help you and your family heal.

  2. Kristy, I love what you are doing, your pictures are awesome and your theme’s are just outstanding. Your Dad would be very proud of you and just take some comfort in knowing that he is no longer in turmoil. Lean on your family and friends and they will see you through. Let’s keep talking, take care!!!!

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