12/19/2012 1:35 PM
By Meghann Ackerman
It must be the time of year. Santa, Jack Frost, Frosty... winter is full of mascots and spokespeople, which reminded me of an earlier blog about who should be the face of congenital heart defects. And, I think I’ve got a candidate.
Dr. Seuss fans will remember that the Grinch was born with a heart two sizes too small. (Were I walking around with a heart too small for my body, I’d probably be grumpy too.) But, at Christmas, when he hears the Whos down in Whoville singing carols, his heart grows four sizes. With his heart two sizes too big, the Grinch is suddenly full of cheer and goodwill. (I’m guessing having proper circulation for the first time in his life was a euphoric feeling.)
Although not diagnosed with a particular condition, it does sound like the Grinch was born with a congenital heart defect. The Grinch, however, did not let a heart condition stand in his way. He’s a talented tailor, cunning contortionist and avid mountain climber. While not exactly nice, the Grinch’s theft of Christmas showed amazing creativity and physical prowess. Having a troubled heart, figuratively and literally, did not slow the Grinch down.
Meghann Ackerman is a writer, cook, cat fancier, crafter and zombie enthusiast living in Boston. In 2011, she married Victor Morse, a graphic/web designer, video gamer, comic book reader and punster who has aortic stenosis. Armed with a poor understanding of science, Meghann is learning all she can about congenital heart defects and how they may affect her family.
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By Connie on
12/26/2012 7:41 PM
Re: A CHD Celebrity for the Holiday Season
That's a good analogy!