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