Celebrate Life this week

My family celebrated life twice this week, my nephew’s 3rd birthday and the Anniversary of my Dad’s release from Duke Medical Center. Happy Birthday sweet Ryland! He’s so very special to my family – I love being an aunt. Clifton Ryland was named after my Dad so he holds a special place in the family, not to mention, he’s the only other male aside from my Dad and brother. There are a lot of women in this family.

Grateful for Science and Technology:

Ryland was born with a bicuspid aortic valve, but my brother and sister-in-law wouldn’t have known if he wasn’t born prematurely. He was experiencing complications and had to undergo medical screenings. My niece was also born premature – my sister-in-law is amazing! I can’t imagine the stress she was under as a mother. They were both so tiny and absolutely precious. I have been intrigued with heart health because of this, and the fact that my grandfather passed away from an aortic aneurysm. It makes me wonder if my daughter should get screened since she’s so active. I must say that I was very impressed with the advances in cardiology that were presented at the heart health talk I attended this past week. The cardiologists said that early detection and prevention are key. The smaller fires are easier to put out.

Faith | Hope | Love

Cousins

“Life is so sweet” – Dad

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