I continue to be thrilled and astonished by the growth of The Faces of CHD.
I try to read every pin that goes onto the board. It has made for a very emotional few days for me. The notes from parents and adult survivors that accompany each pin submission are not only enjoyable to read, but often very humbling. It is a privilege to meet so many who have fought so courageously.
Some of the letters that I read are truly heartbreaking, as I learn of a family’s recent loss. Losing a child of my own doesn’t make it any easier to hear about the death of another child–knowing the pain of that loss makes it all the more poignant to realize what their family might feeling. Early on, one mother submitted the story of her child’s brief life with this note, “Is it all right for [my child] to have a pin, even though he’s not a survivor?”