Welcome!

Hello, and thanks for stopping by! My name is Kate Harris, and I’m a heart transplant mom. Ultimately, I started this blog to figure out (and help others figure out) how to raise a physically and emotionally healthy child under such unique circumstances. I have searched everywhere for books on how to raise a child with a transplant, but I have found nothing. Amazon yielded “zero results for this search,” and there was nothing in any of the major book stores. Google gave me oodles of medical pamphlets, but nothing beyond what my transplant coordinators had already armed me with.

I know social media has countless support groups, but I felt like the majority of those were aimed at helping those still waiting for their transplant, or they were forums for sharing inspirational posters more geared towards adult recipients. I couldn’t really find anything “out there” specifically about PARENTING. When people do post parenting questions on those pages, there are some helpful responses, but the commentary quickly becomes buried among the other posts. I wanted something more consolidated, something where I didn’t have to wade through pages and pages looking for what might apply to me. So I want this, more than anything, to be a one-stop resource for anyone going through these same hardships while also trying to raise a functional child.

Too often, when people ask for help, they are met with judgement and criticism. The general mentality is that “if I could figure this out on my own, so can you.” But there’s a reason for the expression “It takes a village.” A society grows and thrives when successes and tricks of the trade are passed down from those wiser and more experienced members to the younger generations. Furthermore, we all mutually benefit from unity, rather than divisiveness. My hope is to turn this blog into a transplant parent village. There is no judgement or criticism, only shared experiences, expertise, comfort, and advice. So, please feel free to join our village.

If you have any questions, comments, advice, theories, anything whatsoever, I welcome your participation. You can comment directly on any of the posts, or you can email me privately at letstalkaboutmiracles AT gmail DOT com.

 

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
                                                      i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
-e. e. cummings