Saturday, November 9, 2013

A Blog Hop for Pulmonary Hypertension

Last weekend, I got an e-mail from my friend BreAnn McFarland, asking if I'd participate in a Blog Hop for Pulmonary Hypertension(PH for short). This cause has special meaning to me as my older brother and good friend suffered from Pulmonary Hypertension. BreAnn told me a long time ago, that I was one of the few people that she had mentioned the disease to, that actually knew what it is. Unfortunately, including BreAnn, I've actually known 3 people who have suffered or are suffering from this devastating disease.

Pulmonary hypertension - WHAT IT IS.

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is an increase of blood pressure in the  pulmonary artery, pulmonary vein or pulmonary capillaries, together known as the lung vasculature, leading to shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, leg swelling and other symptoms. Pulmonary hypertension can be a severe disease with a markedly decreased exercise tolerance and heart failure.  In  other words just walking 50 feet will have the person gasping and laboring for breath. 

You can learn more about the disease from this LINK.

FACT: While there are now 11 FDA approved medicines to treat pulmonary hypertension, zero are approved for use in children with PH.


For my card, I chose this image from Sassy Cheryls called Firefly Frenzie - Maddie. The reason for choosing this image is in memory of catching fireflies with my big brother when I was a little girl, a task that would be physically impossible by someone suffering from PH. Be sure to note that  periwinkle ribbon to remind us of the PH cause.

She's colored with Prisma-Color Pencils and Faber Castell blended with Gamsol. The papers are from a digital kit by Correen Silk called Sandy Getaway from Computer Scrapbook.Com. I'm also entering this card in this week's Sassy Cheryl's Anything Goes challenge.

This is a two day blog hop, so be sure to check back tomorrow for the second round.

Here are the blog links for both days.

Sunday's line up 
 Veronica -


  1. Beautiful card Shirley and a great story behind you choice of image!
    Hugs, Elenor

  2. Sweet card, cute image and beautifully coloured!

  3. Wow your is so pretty. Love the image and your coloring is spectacular! Thank you so much for sharing and joining the hop.

  4. Such a great card and wonderful coloring!

  5. Beautiful card ... such a sweet image colored beautifully!

  6. Such a pretty card, I love the image you used. What a cute little girl

  7. How fun when an image can represent something from a fond memory! Love your card and image.

  8. Oh such beautiful coloring Shirley. This is a nasty disease and I had never heard of it before. Kinda scary because Jimmy is suffering from some of these symptoms and they haven't given him a good diagnosis yet. Hugs

  9. Beautiful card, such a FANTASTIC cause to promote...

  10. This is precious, Shirley. Fabulous coloring of the image. Sounds like a terrible disease!

  11. Fabulous card! I love the little image, she makes me smile. Thank you for giving me more information on this disease.

  12. Shirley, you're the best for joining in on this blog hop. I'd never heard of this terrible disease before. Your card is as cute as can be, a reminder of the summer that has just left us.
    Thank you for joining us this week for the Sassy Cheryl's Challenge!

  13. Hi Shirley! Thanks for sharing this gorgeous card with us at Sassy Cheryl’s Anything goes challenge, your card is precious, love your colouring so much.
    hugs Jasmina

  14. What a stunning card Shirley. . .and I too had never heard of it, so thank you for sharing that information as well. This is just a beautiful card. Gorgeous as always.
    Thanks for playing along in the ANYTHING GOES challenge this past week with my Sassy Gals!!!