Valentine’s Day brings to mind cards, chocolates, teddy bears, romantic dinners, and bouquets of red roses. While consumerism has focused the holiday on romantic tokens of affection, at its core Valentine’s Day is a day that is dedicated to unconditional love – reminding each of us in our busy lives
to stop and take note of all the people we love…and who love us in return; those that give to us without expectation, and to whom we give back from our hearts.
When one lives with a chronic health condition such as hydrocephalus, either as an individual or as a caregiver, we receive tokens of love in all sorts of wrappings and packages and usually throughout the year – a hug of support, a ride to the hospital, a shaky first step taken by a toddler, a reassuring smile from a surgeon, a new friendship made at a WALK, a supportive voice at the other end of the phone, a breakthrough in research, and the list goes on. And in return we give back – to those people and organizations that give unconditionally to us, whether we personally know them or just read about them in an article or blog.
This Valentine’s Day, as we rush out to buy cards and candy, let’s also take a moment to focus within our own community. We are a community of patients, caregivers, medical professionals, scientists, associates, and friends. There are many ways to show our love and care to the community.
Send Love Letters. Skip Hallmark. Send cards to people and organizations that are doing good for you or the world. Ideas include your neurosurgeon, neurologist, nurse, physical therapist, caregiver, social worker…etc. We have created an easily printable card for you to write a message of appreciation, sign, and mail. Click here to download our cards!
Keep in Touch. Every month we send out a monthly newsletter via email. If you have not signed up or have stopped receiving it, please sign up again today! Click here to sign up.
Get Your Heart Pumping. Join an HA WALK in your area this year. For our list of 2013 WALKS, click here. No WALK? Do a Virtual WALK in your own neighborhood! Click here to learn about our Virtual WALK program.
Will You Be My…Support Group Leader? Or new WALK Chair? We would love to expand our Support Group network and our WALK program. Our staff can provide you with all the resources you need to get started. There is a rich group of seasoned volunteers ready to help you at every turn. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about volunteer opportunities with HA.
Shout It OUT. Romantic movies encourage us to profess our love from rooftops. The social media equivalent? Change your Facebook profile cover photo! Upload one of our hydrocephalus banners to your profile. Go to our Facebook photo albums and click on the album titled Hydrocephalus Cover Photos.
Spread Knowledge. Some say that knowledge is the greatest gift you can give. Share the Hydrocephalus Resource Library (HRL) with someone today! If you have your own website or Pinterest account, consider placing our HRL button on your page and linking it back to our library. Email email@example.com for more information.
Tweet, Tweet, Tweet Goes the Beat of My Heart! Are you following us on Twitter? If not, sign up! If so, then one of the best ways you can help spread the word about hydrocephalus and help us educate the general public is to retweet our tweets out to the Twitter world!
Give the Gift of Love. Donate $14 a month in honor of someone you love! Your donation supports our essential support and education programs as well as our research initiatives. Click here to set up a recurring donation online.
Be EXTREME! Do you run marathons? Climb mountains? Compete in triathlons? Skate on a roller derby team? Swim in competitions? Ride bulls? We think you get the point! If you are someone who participates in sporting and athletic events, think about using it as an opportunity to raise awareness for hydrocephalus and funds for HA. We can create a personal fundraising page for your next event or competition where friends and loved ones can sponsor you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like more information.
Create Connections. Attend a support group meeting in your area. There are times in life when nothing is more valuable than someone who truly understands what you are going through. Please visit our Support Network page for more details or like us on Facebook.
Think Young Love. Share the Teens Take Charge (TTC) link with a teen you know affected by hydrocephalus.
Perform Small Acts of Kindness. Did you know that February 12-18 is the 13th annual Random Acts of Kindness Week? Challenge yourself to perform one act of kindness daily through the 18th. Visit randomactsofkindness.org for hundreds of ideas.
“How bold one gets when one is sure of being loved.”