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Celebrating Harper's Heartiversary: A Tale of Strength and Love

In the midst of life's chaos and challenges, there are stories that shine like beacons of hope, reminding us of the resilience and courage that lie within the human spirit. Today, we celebrate one such story - the remarkable journey of Harper, our March Photo Contest Winner, whose strength knows no bounds.

"Harper may be tiny but her strength is unmeasurable. Harper was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect when she was only 12 days old. The defect, Double Outlet Right Ventricle, had physiology of Tetralogy of Fallot which meant Harper could have “test spells”. This defect required Harper to undergo open heart surgery at four months old at Mayo Clinic.

Harper conquered open heart surgery and recovery and blossomed into the most caring and funny little girl. Harper loves riding her balance bike, jumping on the couch, running around, laughing, playing with her best friends and making everyone around her smile. Harper loves her dog, Guinness, and all of her grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and daycare besties.

A wise nurse told us to not treat Harper like a heart kid because Harper will tell us what she can and cannot do. As of today, Harper has accomplished developmental goals and continues to show mom and dad just what she is capable of. 

Each year, we want to celebrate Harper’s heartiversary to reflect on the challenges endured and the love, strength and support our family received. We are so lucky to have Harper as our daughter. We love her more than words can describe. 

Happy First Year Heartiversary, Harper! We love you! 

 -Mom (Karmen) and Dad (Casey)"

Karolina Lym

Dickinson ND Photographer

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