A sassy, crafty mama bird from Los Angeles
raising a very sweet little girl with Autism
and a new baby boy in the Midwest... and other stuff, too.

Friday, January 23, 2009

You can't take 'em with you

"She's a miracle
A sight to see
She's a miracle
A miracle to me"
-Exile
Today is Shay's 5th birthday. That alone is a miracle. Shay was born with a congenital heart defect and needed a heart transplant right away. She got that heart at just 4 months old. While we don't know the family that made the decision to donate such a tiny heart, we will be forever grateful. It's been a long, tough road but today Shay is a happy, funny, very loving little girl. A few days ago we ran into her and she was surprised to see us. Her whole face lit up. Then she looked up at me and asked "{Little Bird} hug??" So sweet.
I had always figured I'd donate my organs after I'm done with them, but until Shay came into my life, I had no idea that just thinking about it wasn't enough. You must register as a donor, then discuss your wishes with your family so they can advocate on your behalf when the time comes. It's so easy and so very important. Almost 100,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant in the United States. Your donation can save the lives of up to 8 people.
Here's what you've gotta do...
Then register in your state. You'll get a cute little sticker for your driver's license, but no, you cannot use it to cover up your weight!! Then be sure to tell your friends and family about your decision.
Please register as an organ donor today. After all, you can't take 'em with you!!!
Happy Birthday Shay Shay!!!
(this is Little Bird and Shay all dressed up for ballet class)

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