Greg Olsen? Greg Olsen!
So why on earth am I blogging about football in the middle of this blog? I mean I barely pay attention to football in general, much less the hometown Carolina Panthers. But one day I was surfing the interwebs at home and came across an article in the Charlotte Observer about Greg Olsen, whose wife was pregnant with twins, and how they found out one of their babies would be born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. WHAT?! How amazing is it that someone as notable as the tight end for the Panthers would be going through the exact same thing as I was? Greg’s twins were about 2 months ahead of ours, so I was going to see things unfold in someone else’s life before I had to go through the same experience myself. I give Greg Olsen and his wife Kara a lot of credit for doing that interview (and several more eventually). I wouldn’t blame that family one bit for keeping to themselves to try to cope with things, but they faced it head-on, and in the process became a voice for HLHS families across America…just like mine. Another good thing is that it goes to show that congenital heart defects – and HLHS – can occur in ANYONE. Rich, poor, athletic, lazy, you name it…it happens, and I promise you for Greg, finding out about an HLHS diagnosis was just as rough as it was for me.
I’d link you directly to the article I read, but the Charlotte Observer no longer has free online viewing of their paper, so here’s another great story and video from NFL.com: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000212281/article/greg-olsen-draws-inspiration-from-infant-sons-difficult-journey
Posted on October 19, 2013, in awareness, diagnosis and tagged Carolina Panthers, CHD, congenital heart defect, Greg Olsen, HLHS, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, Panthers. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.