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Share Your Memento with ACHA!

Click here for the Facebook album of photos! You do not have to have a Facebook account to view them.

Do you have an object that has come to mean something very special to you throughout the ups and downs of having CHD? A favorite stuffed animal, toy, or other knick-knack that you’ve kept around to remind you of where you’ve been and how far you’ve come?

Share a picture of this memento with ACHA! We are looking for members to submit a picture of your keepsake along with a few sentences about why it’s so meaningful to you. We’ll share photos and stories on our Facebook page!

Directions: Simply e-mail a photo of your memento (a jpeg file if possible), along with an explanation about it, to rphillippi@achaheart.org by June 15, 2012. Don’t forget we are looking for ACHA members, so if you’re not already a member, please first sign up by clicking here—membership is FREE!

By e-mailing your photo and memento’s story to rphillippi@achaheart.org, you are allowing ACHA to post it on our Facebook page with your first name only. No other identifying information will be used. Stories may be edited for space.

To get you started, here's an example from Ruth Phillippi, ACHA Education and Outreach Manager: Let me share a picture of my memento, Goodbear (above). For whatever reason, he was the one stuffed animal that came with me on all my hospital trips and was waiting for me every time I got out of surgery. He came with me when I went to college, to study in France, and to graduate school. My old cat loved him, too! There’s something about that balding bear that continues to lift my spirits and remind me that even in the midst of pain, fear, and disappointment, so much good has followed me throughout life.

Thank you in advance for sharing your memento with ACHA!

Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012