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Posted on 10/20/2010 @ 01:29 PM

Right now I’m sitting in an out-patient surgical center with my son, Bryan, who is about to have a plate put in his foot after breaking it severely for the second time.  Besides being a bit “annoyed”, because it was self inflicted from bad judgment on his part, I also have a bit of a smile on my face.

Why would I be smiling about such a thing you might ask?

Well, I’m smiling because today I have the golden opportunity to be annoyed.  Sounds crazy to most, I know, but after losing a son, I’m very blessed to be sitting here with all of my emotions, none of which entail grief or overwhelming sadness which I experienced in the death of my son, Marc.

I can tell you that there are thousands of parents out there who have lost their children suddenly and unexpectedly to a “silent killer” known as Cardiac Arrhythmia Syndrome(s) just this year alone.  Today, for me, along with experiencing “annoyed”, which in the dictionary is described as being mildly angry, I also am experiencing annoyed as a “blessing”.

When you look at your children,  just imagine for a moment what it might be like to live without them.  You can’t, can you?  That’s because  I’m sure it only takes a moment to realize just how valuable they are!  Now take the opportunity to LEARN THE FACTS about Sudden Cardiac Arrest caused by Cardiac Arrhythmia Syndrome(s).  In a split second you could be living a nightmare and all of the moments that you may have felt overwhelmed, annoyed or any of the gamut of emotions that come with raising a child, you’ll wish you had them all back and realize they were  a “blessing”.  Learn the warning signs, share them with everyone you know, and support preventive heart screening.  As much as we would love to believe that our children are healthy, active and invincible, they may not be.  As parents we should be able to smile and be grateful for only a broken foot or skinned knees if we do all we can to protect their “hearts”.

Count and protect your blessings today, they are a gift that you may not have tomorrow!