Posts Tagged ‘Vote’

Choose a side

June 3, 2010

I received two invitations via Facebook to “Like” a political party this week. I turned them both down.

I wholeheartedly believe in our system of government and I have voted in every election since I turned eighteen. I’ll vote for the candidate before I vote for the party, but I usually vote *COUGH*. (That’s a nice way of saying “I ain’t telling!”) But when I have the opportunity to discuss Congenital Heart Defects (CHDs) with government officials, I try not to get involved in partisan politics. The Funky Heart doesn’t support one political party over another.

In its early stages, a heart develops as a long straight tube – almost like a drinking straw. In a few days it is viable and actually starts to beat! Later, it rolls over to form a U shape and the U begins to grow together, forming the organ we have all come to know. If you are going to have a Congenital Heart Defect, this is when it begins. 124 out of 125 times the heart forms perfectly, but that one time – 1 out of 125 – there is an imperfection that leads to a heart defect. And all this occurs before your mother even knows she is pregnant. By the time your future mom goes to the doctor for the official confirmation, you could already have a Congenital Heart Defect.

That’s the reason I try to keep the Funky Heart politically neutral. Our government – from the federal government on down – is highly partisan right now. If you identify with THIS party,  you may not be able to build a relationship with members of THAT party. Both sides can have good ideas, and the voters can change the power alignment during any election.  So I feel that it is best to set my personal preferences aside and be able to work with members of any political party.

Newborn children obviously haven’t chosen a political affiliation. Both Republicans and Democrats have heart defects.  So do Independents, Libertarians, and even Green Party supporters. Even those people who choose not to vote at all are affected by them. So if you ask me to choose sides, that’s fine.

You can just count me with the people affected by a Heart Defect.

Link, Link, Link your Boat, Gently Down the Stream….

November 2, 2008

We have a new link in the Blogroll: Congenital Heart Defect Clinical Trials. Clicking this link takes you to a list of the medical studies authorized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study Congenital Heart Defects. The information can be viewed on a map (click the “Results on Map” tab) so you can choose a study taking place near you. By participating in a Clinical Trial, you can be a part of finding a cure for Heart Defects. The list changes often, so there are many opportunities to participate. (Since I’ve set the link to automatically load every study having to do with Congenital Heart Defects, click “Refresh” on your browser after the list loads. That will give you the most up to date listings.) Clicking on an individual Trial takes you to more information about that project and who to get in touch with to participate. Take an active role in fighting CHD by joining a Clinical Trial!

A basic Cardiology skill, but can your doctor do it?

Let’s encourage transplants by turning the system on its head.

Who is the world’s most kissed woman? You’ll never guess! (Hint: The rumor isn’t true)

The brains at MIT thought of this one: Repair a heart by building a scaffold.

Wheelchair backflip! With video!

AND…

Officially, you now have no excuse for not voting!