This is a blog for my daughter Scarlett. She was born with a complex congenital heart defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia. She is my little hero.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Arizona Republic Article

I was contacted last week by a reporter from the Arizona Republic (the local Phoenix Metropolitan area newspaper). She had written a article about a local 4-year-old girl [Gabriella Vega] who needs a heart transplant. During the reporter's research, she happened upon my blog.

The mother of Gabriella keeps a blog and the reporter was reading it and clicking around. So, through a link of a link of a link came across Scarlett's blog (totally amazing!). The reporter sent me an email asking if she could interview me for an article that she's writing about blogs that moms of ill children keep/write/maintain.

We spoke on the phone on Thursday and asked me questions like: why do I blog, who reads my blogs, do I like to write, when/why did I start my blog, what's wrong with Scarlett, how long have I known about Scarlett's CHD, and other things like that. I was kind of nervous (I, the total HAM, nervous?)..because this article is going to published in the paper and I just felt like I was going to sound like an idiot.

Anyway, she asked me if there were any other heartmoms that I think would be interested in contributing to her article. I forwarded her the names of a few of my fellow Arizona heartmom bloggers. Especially  Lily's mom Jenna (who is the reason why I started a blog) and Ethan's mom Heidi (who is the reason I continue to post to my blog).

I will definitely be posting a link to the article once it's published and I'm going to buy the newspaper and frame the article too. For the record... yes, I *love* to write and I also love blogging. :)

Okay, quick Scarlett update: She's crawling, crawling, crawling all over the place. : ) I think she loves that she can kinda chase/follow her big sister Violet around. ....and Violet?... not  loving it so much. She's gonna have to get used to the fact that Scarlett can crawl over to her and play with her toys.  It was hilarious the other day because Violet was playing with puzzles and here comes Scarlett. so Violet says "no Scarlett! no!", then she says "mommy, help me!", so we moved the puzzles about 5 feet in opposite direction...well within seconds, here comes Scarlett to the new location.. and Violet says "no Scarlett!", so we move the puzzles again... and the same thing happens again. It was kind of like a Scarlett 'keep-away' game. It was fun and cute especially since Scarlett ultimately won. Violet gave up and Scarlett got to play with the puzzles. : )


  1. I talked to her too. Thanks for the info.

  2. How neat! I wouldn't mind talking to her also. Let me know if you hear back from her. Glad to hear that Scarlett is doing so amazingly!! Blessings!!

  3. :) Hey, thats me! HAHAHA.... I'm so glad you were contacted! Astrid was awesome, and wrote such a great article for Gabriella! Can't wait to see yours!

  4. So what you're saying is that if I kept my blog up, I could have been in an article too! dang it! :-)